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with that outbreak. the outbreak killed more than 3,000 people. molly henneberg has an update. >> reporter: tom friedencontends a travel ban to countries with ebola outbreaks could make it worse for a couple reasons. first, it would create more fear and anxiety, and secondly, could prevent medical workers and equipment get to go places that need it to get this outbreak under control. as for the situation in the u.s., frieden expects more reports of possible cases, but believes the american health system can handle it. >> here in the u.s. i remain quite confident we will not have a widespread outbreak. we will stop it in its tracks because we have infection control in hospitals and public health that tracks and isolates people if they get symptoms. >> reporter: some republican members of congress want the obama administration, pressure is under way. let's go to that live.
>> our first speaker today is cdc director dr. tom frieden. dr. frieden? >> hello, everyone. it is exactly one week since the first patient with ebola in this country was diagnosed in dallas, texas. and it is a good time to look back on what's happened in that week and say all of the things that have happened and where we are and where we're likely to be going. the patient was diagnosed on tuesday. within about two hours we announced that. that evening we had staff on the ground helping the terrific staff in dallas, in texas to respond to this case, and we have no doubt that we will stop it in its tracks in texas. it is worth stepping back and saying how ebola spreads. ebola only spreads by direct contact with someone who is sick or with their body fluids, so the core of control is
identifying everyone who might have had contact with them and making sure they're monitored for 21 days, and if they develop symptoms, immediately isolating them to break the chain of transmission. there's no doubt we can stop ebola in this country. today i would like to spend a minute talking about what's happening in dallas and then turn to my colleagues there. then about what's happening in the u.s. more broadly, and finally where we are with the epidemic in west africa. in terms of dallas, the work there by the staff of the local and state health departments with cdc assistance has been terrific. they've been able to assess all 114 individuals who might possibly have had contact. of those, they were able to rule out that 66 did not have contact, they identified 10 who appeared to have had contact with the individual when he might possibly have been infectious. of those ten, seven are health
care workers, and three are family or community contacts. in addition, there are about 38 other people in whom we could not rule out that they had contact, so all of those 48 people will be tracked for 21 days to determine whether they have fever. and if any develop fever, they will be immediately isolated, tested, and if they have ebola given appropriate care and determine whether there were any additional contacts to their case. that's how we have stopped every outbreak of ebola in the world until this one in west africa, and that's how we stopped it in logos, nigeria, and how we will stop it in texas. going onto the u.s. situation, we have seen a lot of understandable concern because of the deadly nature of ebola
and we are really hoping for the recovery of the patient in dallas. we understand that his situation has taken a turn for the worse. we know that ebola is a very serious disease, and we are hoping for his recovery. but because it is such a deadly disease, people are scared, and it is normal to be scared. in fact, for the health care workers who are caring for people with ebola, we want them to be scared. we want them to have a healthy respect of the risk of any lapse in infection control procedure. we want them to channel that fear into being incredibly meticulous about infection control. many people have pointed out that initially the individual was not diagnosed. and we have done a lot at cdc and will be doing a lot more in the coming days and weeks to inform and empower not just doctors but nurses, health care professionals of all kinds, to think about ebola. anyone who has been in guinea,
liberia, or ciasierra leone ands a fever or symptoms suggestive of ebola, make sure the index of suspicion is such that if that happens, we rapidly isolate them, assess them, and if necessary test for ebola. cdc has already done, reached hundreds of thousands of health care professionals with alerts, information, materials, tools, a webinar at least once a week, we will continue to ramp that up, working closely with medical associations, with groups of doctors and nurses and others, and this basic issue of making sure that at this time ebola remains top of mind in people who have had a travel history is something that we will continue to focus on. at cdc, we have seen the level of interest increase. in fact, we were getting 50 calls or e-mails per day before the initial patient was diagnosed here. it is up to about 800 calls or
e-mails per day. and we understand the level of concern. we also understand that people would like to do everything possible to keep ebola out of the u.s., and we agree with that 100%. our top priority at cdc is to protect americans from threats. we work 24/7 to do that. in this case, we are doing that by many different ways. one is working to stop the outbreak at its source in africa. because as long as cases continue there, there's a possibility that someone will travel, infect someone else, come into this country or another country, and possibly have another case of ebola. as long as the outbreak is continuing in africa, there's a risk in other places. we have long said it, it is worth repeating. an outbreak anywhere is potentially a threat everywhere. but that doesn't mean we can't do anything. one of the things we do is make sure everyone leaving those countries is intensively screened with their temperature being taken, questions being asked, and being observed to see
if they appear to be ill. that screening removed 77 people that would have boarded planes to leave those three countries and didn't because of screening that cdc staff helped those countries implement. i can assure you the leadership of each of those countries wants that screening as good as it can be because they need the airlines to keep flying. otherwise, they won't be able to keep their societies moving and we won't be able to stop the outbreak there. in addition, we work with health care workers around the country, so there's rapid identification of cases, and of course we're looking at the issue of entry screening and looking at all possibilities. there are suggestion from congress, the public, the media, we look at those to protect americans, make sure that what we do doesn't increase the risk. if we make it harder to fight the outbreak in west africa, we actually increase our own risk,
so those are the criteria that we are using, working across the u.s. government. there are many agencies focused on this and we will be committed to doing what we can to further increase the safety of americans. getting finally to the issue of what's happening in west africa today. the situation remains very fluid. it is striking, when i speak with the cdc leaders who are there and we have sent now 135 of our top disease detectives and working not only at the national level but down to the county and district level in each of the three countries, one of the things that's quite striking is the diversity of the experience. this isn't west africa. this is three individual countries. each of the individual countries has its own patterns of disease spread. in some of them, there are districts that haven't had a case of ebola. in some, there are just a handful of cases in some of those districts. so we are moving to looking at each of the 62 districts across these three countries to see
what more can be done to cone down this forest fire, to prevent it spreading to areas it hasn't spread, put out sparks where it spread to some places, places where it has a huge problem to isolate as many people as rapidly as possible. we have seen real progress in the response in the past one to two weeks. the department of defense being on the ground has made a big difference. they're moving out and helping with operations. we have also seen usaid effectively increase support for families that want to respectfully and safely bury people that have died, and that's very important because it reduces the spread of ebola. so while we're still not ahead of it, we're certainly getting further along than we were before. i am looking forward to briefing president obama on the situation in west africa tomorrow, and to further ensuring that the president's direction that we move rapidly to do as much as we can to stop this is what we are
doing, not only at cdc, not only across the u.s. government, but globally because we are seeing tremendous global coalition committed to doing this. that's a bit about where we are in dallas and the u.s. and globally, and before i turn it over to my colleagues in texas, just to highlight that one thing that happened didn't get much notice in the past week because it happened to be on tuesday, the day we announced a diagnosis, is that we published a report on what happened in nigeria. when they had a single case and didn't do any infection control, they ended up with 19 secondary cases, additional cases. but because of a rapid public health response, effectively tracking nearly 900 contacts, it appears they have been able to stop the outbreak in nigeria. though we can't give the all clear yet, it does look like the outbreak is over there, because of good public health action. i am confident that anywhere we apply the fundamental principles of infection control and public
health follow-up, we can stop ebola. >> thank you, dr. frieden. >> okay, that is the cdc director dr. tom frieden, assuring america with these words. there is no doubt that we can stop ebola in this country and that they are working diligently to stop the outbreak at the source in africa. brian yen its is joining us from the new york newsroom with more on this ebola outbreak and the update on the patient in dallas. brian? >> that's right. we saw what he was saying at the cdc, that they're getting hundreds and hundreds of inquiries going on around the country as people become more aware of the ebola crisis. again, i think it is important to stress that he had said also that they want people to be scared, they want people to be concerned, and that they're doing everything they can to make sure there's not an
outbreak. remember, they have been saying and repeating consistently that it is extraordinarily unlikely that an outbreak would happen here in the united states because they're taking their steps, including what we are seeing in dallas, in making sure that they're following all the contacts. those that may or may not, could have been in contact with thomas eric duncan in dallas. people are frightened. health care officials are being extra cautious. the centers for disease control continues to say they're getting all of these inquiries, yet every one of them had been cleared. all we know now is that there's thomas eric duncan diagnosed. yesterday at newark liberty international airport when united airlines flight 998 was put on lockdown after a sick patient reportedly from liberia was vomiting on board, the cdc entered that airplane, took care of it and found that the two patients, father and daughter, did not have ebola. we have been seeing extra precautions being taken, and
again, people are being cautious. we are seeing now we have the four family members they continue to monitor, the 50 people that may have that, continuing to monitor those that may have the ebola disease in dallas and we will continue to monitor what's going on. >> absolutely. we will be right back. [ female announcer ] this is our new turkey cranberry flatbread before we craft it into a sandwich. the amazingly tender roasted turkey -- always raised without antibiotics, the zesty cranberry mostarda, the freshly baked flatbread... but here's what you don't always see. the care and attention that goes into it. because what matters most is the simple, delicious ingredients that make up the whole delicious meal made just for you. and this is our turkey cranberry flatbread sandwich, paired perfectly with our autumn squash soup. only at panera bread.
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>> productivity rate is slowing down very dramatically. that's what's causing this slow growth in wages and what's causing a lot of the problems in the economy, over the long run. and what concerns me most is that until you can rectify that problem, our economy's long term outlook is not very profishes. >> joining in, senior editor of the daily caller. weigh in on dr. greenspan's remarks? >> he mentioned the labor participation rate, and that's a significant figure. obviously it is good when the unemployment rate drops. all americans appreciate that, it helps president obama i think overall and helps america, but the labor participation rate is at a 30 year low, meaning workers are discouraged from looking for jobs or for some other reason, and that's why you
see poll after poll showing americans viewing the president's handling of the economy negatively with around 60% of americans saying that they do not trust the president in his handling of the economy. >> you mention polls, i'll go there for you. a new ap poll on the economy, i am going to pull it up. one starts within your own words, what would you say is the most important issue currently facing the united states, and that poll if we can get it up, if not, i'll give you the information anyway, 15%, jamie, say the economy and economic recovery and the next in line at 9% weighing in, saying terrorism, national security, national defense, then equally important jobs and the employment. another poll at this time, the question is overall, do you approve, disapprove, or neither approve or disapprove of the way barack obama, our president, is handling. 40% approve, total disapproval rate at 58% there.
that was an ap poll on the economy. let's add up the numbers, include the variables. what do you come up with? >> it is a troubling statistic for the president, especially going into the mid terms. look, the reality is that second mid terms of a president's mid determine, in 2006 for george w. bush, and this coming up for president obama, in the last 100 years, second term elections are bad for sitting presidents. looking like it will be fairly bad for president obama as well. look back to 2006 with george w. bush. he had a very low unemployment, 4.5%, among the lowest of his presidency. still saw the house chamber and senate chamber go to democrats. so president obama can be rightfully happy, the unemployment rate is low, but it may not help him at all this fall when mid term elections come around. >> jamie weinstein, we appreciate you squeezing in that information for us. thank you very much. stick around. i know you have lots of calls or
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time for sunday house call. i am eric shaw. >> welcome, joining us is dr. david samadi, chairman and professor of you'rology and chief of robotic surgery. >> and marc siegel, author of the secret code. author of several other books and articles on emerging contagions, an expert on ebola, right, doc? >> let's hope so. >> we are going to find out. we begin today with the