A widening outbreak of deadly Ebola fever is threatening to overshadow next week’s summit between African leaders and President Obama.
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The three-day conference will bring nearly 50 African officials to Washington, D.C. for an unprecedented gathering that officials said could be a turning point in U.S.-Africa relations.
But now, Obama administration officials are competing with increasingly dire news out of West Africa, where Ebola is ravaging populations in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
At least two African leaders will forgo the conference as a result with the death toll topping 700.
And while the event’s agenda has not changed, President Obama said Friday that some international guests will undergo additional screenings next week to ensure safety.
“We are taking the appropriate precautions,” Obama said at a press conference.