iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — President Obama has postponed a campaign trip to New Jersey and Connecticut to hold an emergency meeting on the Ebola outbreak Wednesday afternoon at the White House, the administration announced.
Obama plans to convene members of the key cabinet agencies coordinating the federal government response, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Defense, the White House said in a statement.
The president is expected to deliver remarks at the conclusion of the meeting.
The meeting comes after a second health care worker at a Dallas hospital was diagnosed with the virus after treating an infected patient from West Africa who later died.
Obama was to attend a Democratic fundraiser in New Jersey Wednesday, then continue to Bridgeport, Connecticut, for his first public campaign rally of the season — an appearance with Gov. Dan Malloy.
At a meeting with military leaders on Tuesday, Obama said his administration was “surging resources into Dallas” to examine how nurse Nina Pham contracted Ebola and ensure “all lessons learned” will be applied across the country.
“Obviously, one case is too many. We need to eliminate those risks for” nurses on the front lines, he said.
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