Obama: 'There’s a Silver Lining in All The Attention The Ebola Situation Has Received'

By Terence P. Jeffrey | October 24, 2014 | 3:55 PM EDT

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(CNSNews.com)- In remarks delivered in the Oval Office late on Wednesday afternoon, President Barack Obama pointed to what he called "a silver lining" in the attention that has been focused on people in the United States falling ill with Ebola.

This "silver lining," the president said, is that it points out how important public health systems are.

Additionally, the president noted that at some point in the future Americans may in fact be dealing "with an airborne disease that is much easier to catch and is deadly."

"I’ll say one other thing about this," Obama said. "If there’s a silver lining in all the attention that the Ebola situation has received over the last several weeks, it’s a reminder of how important our public health systems are.

"And in many ways, what this has done is elevated that importance," Obama said. "There may come a time, sometime in the future, where we are dealing with an airborne disease that is much easier to catch and is deadly.  And in some ways, this has created a trial run for federal, state and local public health officials and health care providers, as well as the American people, to understand the nature of that and why it’s so important that we’re continually building out our public health systems but we’re also practicing them and keeping them in tip-top shape, and investing in them, because oftentimes the best cures to prevent getting diseases in the first place--and that’s true for individuals, it’s true for the country as a whole."

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