Ebola in Context

By: CNN Newsroom
By: CNN Newsroom

(CNN)-- The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believes restrictions on travel to the region are actually hurting relief efforts.

More than 3,000 people have been infected from the Ebola outbreak and at least 1,500 have died since it began in December.

Meanwhile, President Obama has released a video statement, speaking directly to people in West Africa. President Obama promised the U.S.'s support and partnership to battle this outbreak.

"Stopping this disease won't be easy but we know how to do it. You are not alone, together we can treat those who are sick with respect and dignity. We can save lives," said President Obama.

A step in that direction: the FDA has given a green light for a new Ebola human safety trial for a vaccine this week. The first of its' kind in humans.

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