Obama orders CDC rapid response team to go to any future Ebola cases

The CDC should send a response team to any new U.S. Ebola cases within 24 hours of their diagnosis, President Barack Obama said on Wednesday.

But he also warned that the outbreak had to be attacked at its source in west Africa, and that if it got out of control there it would spread globally.

Obama, speaking to reporters at the White House, said the CDC teams should ensure that proper disease protocols are being followed.

He also described the chances of a widespread Ebola outbreak in the United States as very low.

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The president spoke on the heels of disclosures Wednesday that Amber Vinson had become the second nurse at a Dallas hospital to be diagnosed with Ebola after treating a Liberian man who died there of the disease on Oct. 8. Nina Pham, another nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, was diagnosed with Ebola last weekend.

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Before Obama spoke, White House spokesman Josh Earnest noted that the risk of infection is low for people who have had contact with either Pham or Vinson.

Earnest said the lines of responsibility for responding to the Ebola outbreak in the U.S. is clear, but also said that authorities will add resources or people if needed.

Officials earlier Wednesday said Vinson in the past week traveled on commercial flights to and from Cleveland to visit her mother and fiance in violation of Centers for Disease Control guidelines for people who have had contact with an Ebola victim.

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Vinson did not have any symptoms of Ebola during the flights, but federal health officials nonetheless are working to contact all passengers and crew aboard her most recent flight to Dallas on Monday to see if they need to be monitored.

Vinson is set to be transported Wednesday to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, which has treated three other Ebola patients in the current outbreak. One of those patients remains in the isolation unit at the hospital, while the other two have been released.

Pham is listed in good condition at Texas Health Presbyterian.