President Obama will visit the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta tomorrow to get a briefing on the Ebola virus outbreak in western Africa.

"The Wall Street Journal" reports Obama will announce during his visit that the U.S. is stepping up its offensive against the outbreak.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the President will also be briefed on the severe respiratory illness that has been reported in several states. More than 300 children have been hospitalized in Kansas City, Missouri alone.

Meanwhile, American scientists see West Africa's Ebola outbreak raging for another 12 to 18 months. Specialists at the National Institutes of Health and the Defense Department are not as optimistic as the World Health Organization. WHO said last month it hopes to contain the outbreak within nine months. There have been nearly 4,300 Ebola cases since the spring in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. More than 2200 people have died.

[Metro Networks]

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