CDC Director Says West African Ebola Epidemic Far From Over; USAID Chief Speaks With L.A. Times; U.S. Defense Secretary Reassures Troops On Ebola Mission

News outlets report on U.S. officials’ comments on efforts to contain the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

The Hill: Ebola epidemic ‘nowhere near over’ in West Africa, CDC director says
“Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Thomas Frieden said the Ebola epidemic is ‘nowhere near over’ in West Africa, despite a decline in cases in Liberia, one of the hardest-hit countries. Speaking at an event at the Aspen Institute on Monday, Frieden compared the epidemic to a widening forest fire that could easily spread to other regions in Africa. He said he was ‘very concerned’ by the idea that Ebola is receding, which has been promoted by some media outlets…” (Viebeck, 11/17).

Los Angeles Times: Is the U.S. pursuing the right strategy against Ebola?
“…The Los Angeles Times spoke with Rajiv Shah, the administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, to find out what the government is doing to get ahead of the virus. Here is an edited transcript of the conversation…” (Zavis, 11/17).

Reuters: Hagel seeks to reassure U.S. troops about safety of Ebola mission
“Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel sought on Monday to reassure soldiers training for the fight against Ebola in Liberia that their mission was a legitimate use of the military and the Pentagon was taking every step to ensure their safety…” (Alexander, 11/17).