- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 16, 2014

President Obama has canceled planned events and will remain in Washington for the second day in a row to oversee the government’s response to the Ebola outbreak, the White House said late Wednesday night.

Mr. Obama had been scheduled to deliver a speech on the economy at Rhode Island College on Thursday and attend a Democratic National Committee fundraiser on Long Island, New York.

Instead, the president will stay at the White House to deal with the Ebola virus. On Wednesday, the president scrapped trips to Connecticut and New Jersey and held a cabinet meeting on the outbreak.

Following that meeting, Mr. Obama promised the federal government now will take a “much more aggressive” posture toward Ebola.

The ramped-up government response comes as a second health-care worker in Dallas contracted the virus after caring for Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person in the U.S. to be diagnosed with Ebola. Duncan has since died.

Since then, two health-care workers at a Dallas hospital have tested positive for the virus, and one of them flew on a commercial airplane just before being diagnosed.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said it’s unacceptable that health-care workers contracted Ebola while caring for a patient, and it is equally unacceptable that one of those infected was able to board a plane.

The president said the federal government will ensure proper protocols are followed from now.

“The key thing to understand about this disease is that these protocols work,” Mr. Obama said after Wednesday’s cabinet meeting. ” But we have to make sure that, understandably, certain local hospitals that may not have that experience are walked through that process as carefully as possible, and we’re going to make sure that this rapid response team can do that.”

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