CDC to brief Obama on Ebola, respiratory illness

President Obama will be briefed on the Ebola outbreak on Tuesday at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention headquarters in Atlanta, the White House said Sunday.

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That briefing will include the U.S. response to the outbreak in West Africa, the White House added.

Obama will also thank scientists, doctors and healthcare workers.

The president will also receive an update on the respiratory illness reported in several Midwest states, the White House added.

Six Republican members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee asked the Obama administration on Friday to verify that officials have “adequate plans in place” to protect the U.S. from the international Ebola outbreak.

The GOP lawmakers penned a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell seeking more details about the money and resources dedicated to combating the disease both abroad and at home.

The CDC maintains that Ebola “does not pose a ‘significant risk’ to the United States.”

But CDC Director Tom Frieden told congressional staff last week that it is “not possible to be overly concerned” with the epidemic, according to the letter.

--Sarah Ferris contributed to this report.