House panel to address ebola threat

The House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations will hold a hearing on Aug. 7 to address the threat of the ebola virus.

Tom Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Global Health Ariel Pablos-Méndez will testify at the hearing, which will explore ways to combat Ebola. The disease has killed more than 850 people in West Africa in an ongoing outbreak.

Frieden said on Sunday that the CDC is stepping up efforts to stop the outbreak. The CDC is sending 50 staff members to West Africa to fight ebola, according to ABC News.

A second American health worker with ebola was expected to arrive at the CDC facility in Atlanta on Tuesday for treatment. Both patients are receiving the experimental ebola treatment ZMapp in isolation at Emory University Hospital, Bloomberg reports.

Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City said on Monday that it was testing a man who recently visited West Africa for ebola after showing up at the hospital with a fever and gastrointestinal problems. The patient is in isolation and is being tested for the disease.