Obama Addresses West Africans on Facts about Ebola

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By Associated Press | 

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is telling the people of West Africa that stopping the spread of Ebola won't be easy, but "we know how to do it."

In a video message the White House has released, Obama says the first step is to know the facts.

He goes on to say that Ebola is not spread through the air, like the flu, or from such casual contact as sitting next to someone on a bus. Obama says the most common method of infection is touching the sweat, saliva or blood of someone who is sick or who has died from the disease, or coming into contact with a contaminated item.

He urges anyone who feels sick to get immediate help, saying nearly half of patients can recover with prompt medical treatment.

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