Ebola Expert Speaks on Efforts to Fight Epidemic

On Monday, the University of Texas' Center for Infectious Disease hosted a symposium on the Ebola outbreak.

The main attraction was a man who's been central to the U.S. government's response to the disease.

Students, alumni and researchers listened to Dr. Tony Fauci's take on the Ebola outbreak. He's the director of the National Institutes of Health Allergy and Infectious Diseases branch.

Fauci spoke about the latest ways people are fighting Ebola, including vaccines, treatment and diagnostics. He blames the spread of the disease on geography, health care and infrastructure issues.

Dr. Marvin Whiteley with UT’s Center for Infectious Disease said Monday’s symposium provided a great insight into what Fauci and other doctors have been working on.

"When you're talking about Ebola in West Africa, all the complications from handling the press and thinking about the disease, and then, of course, we have cases here in the United States, and how do you prevent those? And what is the outlooks and the ways that you actually move forward to do that?” he said. “And I think we got a really nice view today about how complicated his job is."

UT's Center for Infectious Disease is a relatively new center that's supposed to coordinate the infectious disease research happening on campus. The center hopes to have symposiums like this every year.