- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - An official with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the key to saving thousands of lives in the battle against Ebola will be stemming the transmission of the deadly virus.

Dr. Toby Merlin is head of the preparedness and emerging infections division at the CDC’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Disease. He spoke Thursday to dozens of doctors and students at the University of New Mexico.

Merlin made the stop in Albuquerque while on his way to Dallas, where the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. died Wednesday.

He says much has been learned from how the Dallas case was handled.

Merlin also said reducing the spread of Ebola in West Africa will be the only thing that keeps the U.S. and other countries safe.

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