Travel Ban Dismissed on Ebola Nations
Published By : 14 Oct 2014 | Published By : QYRESEARCH
The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has rejected calls by lawmakers to ban the Ebola-stricken nations from allowing travelers to other countries. They argued that the travelers from the three West African countries where Ebola is most prevalent pose a threat to other nations.
A Dallas healthcare worker has been confirmed to have been infected while treating an Ebola patient who died. This put focus on the possibility that virus can spread fast.
Republican Representative Kenny Marchant is leading Texan lawmakers in urging John Kerry, the Secretary of State to disallow U.S. visas from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the three countries where more than 4,000 people have already died of Ebola.
The CDC Director Ton Frieden, said that the flights to and from the three countries are required for healthcare workers and supplies that are being used to curb the outbreak. He also said that there will be no means to eliminate the risks if the disease goes unchecked.
Frieden said in a briefing that the way the U.S. is going to reduce risk to itself it to take steps to protect the others and stop Ebola at the source in Africa. He continued saying that if the CDC performs steps that unintentionally make is tougher to get the response and the supplies in, the disease will become a lot harder to curb.
Only 0.1 percent of the 275,000 daily international passengers, which is 150 people, come from the high-risk zones in Africa. The three nations that are affected with the outbreak perform their own screening of outbound passengers.