For the first time ever, people infected with the deadly Ebola virus will be inside the borders of the United States. Two Americans infected with the virus are being evacuated back home from Africa to the United States, according to news reports.
“It will be the first time that patients diagnosed with Ebola will be known to be in the country,” CNN reported.
A CDC government spokeswoman told The Washington Post that the agency believes the evacuation of the sick Americans does not jeopardize the health of the general public.
Meanwhilem President Obama still plans to convene a three-day summit next week in Washington for leaders of African countries. Obama has issued invitations to leaders in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone — the three countries experiencing the Ebola outbreak.
“We have no plans to change any elements of the U.S.-Africa summit as we believe all air travel continues to be safe here,” principal deputy press secretary Eric Schultz told reporters aboard Air Force One.