Heads of state attending The US-Africa Leaders Summit, held today through August 6, will first be screened to make sure they don't test positive for Ebola.
This President's own announcement of Ebola screenings for the visiting dignitaries has sparked outrage among many Africans and Africa observers on social media, who view the test as unnecessary and intrusive.
Three West African leaders canceled plans to attend because of the public health emergencies in their countries.
Some 50 leader from African countries are converging in Washington, D.C. to meet with Obama and "build on the progress made since the President’s trip to Africa last summer, advance the Administration’s focus on trade and investment in Africa, and highlight America’s commitment to Africa’s security, its democratic development, and its people," the White House says.
This is the largest gathering of African leaders any US president has ever held.
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In related news, Nigerian authorities today confirmed a second case of Ebola in Africa's most populous country. The virus, which kills a high percentage of those infected, has taken the lives of more than 700 people in four countries.
This confirmed second case in Nigeria "is a doctor who had helped treat Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian-American man who died July 25 days after arriving in Nigeria from Liberia."
Here in the U.S., a "secret serum" appears to have saved the life of an American doctor who contracted Ebola while treating Ebola patients in West Africa.
Outraged and appalled that Obama would subject guest African heads of state to ebola screening. Undignified, ill-informed, humiliating.— Hannah Rae Armstrong (@HannahHaniya) August 4, 2014
Are they seriously going to screen folks from states 2-3,000 miles from the Ebola outbreak? That's a crazy level of "darkest Africa" panic.— Laura Seay (@texasinafrica) August 4, 2014
There might be a more offensive way to "welcome" African heads of state & their delegations than Ebola screenings, but I can't think what.— Laura Seay (@texasinafrica) August 4, 2014
@texasinafrica This is like screening travelers from Louisiana for a disease outbreak in Argentina. "Sorry, but we can't take any chances."— JAD (@duffellduffell) August 4, 2014
Also, as a demographic, African leaders least likely to contract Ebola, given that infection requires interaction with local population— Ryan Cummings (@Pol_Sec_Analyst) August 4, 2014