- The Washington Times - Friday, August 1, 2014

President Obama tried to reassure the public Friday that the deadly Ebola virus won’t be brought to the U.S. by travelers from Africa coming to Washington for a major summit he is hosting next week.

The president said travelers from the countries where the outbreak is raging out of control — Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone — are being checked for signs of the disease before they leave their countries.

“We’re making sure we’re screening on that end as they leave at the country,” Mr. Obama said. “We’re taking the appropriate precautions. This is something that we take very seriously.”

Representatives from more than 50 African nations will attend the three-day summit, which begins Monday.

U.S. health officials issued a travel advisory Thursday warning Americans not to travel to the three countries where the virus has killed more than 700 people.