US tries to calm fears as Ebola virus spreads

National security adviser says spread of deadly virus "grave concern" after two American aid workers develop infection.

US health officials are monitoring the Ebola outbreak in Africa but say the risk of the deadly disease spreading to the US is remote.

The Centres for Disease Control on Monday sent a health alert to US doctors about the outbreak. There are no travel restrictions to the West Africa region hit by the disease, The Associated Press reported.

But last month, the CDC issued a mid-level travel advisory for health workers.

Susan Rice, US national security adviser, said in a televised interview on Monday the outbreak was of "grave concern".

"We are very much present and active in trying to help the countries of the region and the international authorities like the World Health Organisation address and contain this threat. But it is indeed a very worrying epidemic," Rice told MSNBC News.



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