As Suspected Ebola Cases Rise in Congo, US Health Chief Pledges Action If Disease Spreads

Alex Azar's comments come a day after announcing $7 million in new U.S. support for the Ebola response, raising its total to $8 million

U.S. President Donald Trump's top health official says the United States, the World Health Organization and its partners will "take the steps necessary" to try to contain a new Ebola outbreak.

Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar stopped short of predicting whether the outbreak in Congo will be contained but praised WHO's early response, vowing: "If it spreads, we will take further actions."

The response of WHO has emerged as a major concern as health ministers like Azar and other top officials gather this week for the World Health Assembly in Geneva.

U.S. & World

Stories that affect your life across the U.S. and around the world.

Democrats Argue ‘Right Matters’ in Trump Impeachment Trial

President Trump to Address March for Life Rally

Azar spoke Wednesday to The Associated Press in a wide-ranging interview a day after announcing $7 million in new U.S. support for the Ebola response, raising its total to $8 million.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
Contact Us