WASHINGTON, October 7 (RIA Novosti) - US President Barack Obama has announced toughened security measures on transport in order to prevent the entry of possible Ebola virus carriers to the United States.
"We're also going to be working on protocols to do additional passenger screening, both at the source and here in the United States," Obama said Monday after meeting with top US health and security officials.
The US President stressed, though, that the virus is extremely unlikely to spread over the country.
Earlier, the White House spokesperson Josh Earnest said Washington was not considering issuing a travel ban on the Ebola-hit West African nations.
Last week, a Liberian national was diagnosed with Ebola in Texas, after traveling from his homeland to visit relatives in the United States. Also, several Americans have been diagnosed with the disease in West African countries and treated on the US territory.
The current Ebola epidemic broke out in Guinea, and spread across Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and Senegal. According to the latest estimates by the World Health Organization, almost 3,500 cases of Ebola infection were lethal.