U.S. Lawmakers Press For Travel Ban From Ebola-Hit Countries, But Experts Warn Ban Could Make Outbreak Worse

News outlets report on the debate about whether the U.S. should issue a ban on travelers from Ebola-stricken West African countries.

CQ Roll Call: Lawmakers Start Asking for Ebola Travel Ban
“Congress is weighing in heavily on the administration’s response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, following the news that a man incubating the disease had traveled from Monrovia to Dallas…” (Harrison, 10/3).

The Hill: Senator calls for Ebola screening at airports
“Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) on Friday said U.S. airports should screen international travelers for Ebola, as the virus ravages Africa…” (Devaney, 10/3).

The Hill: House Republican presses leadership for Liberia travel ban
“Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-Texas) urged Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to pursue an immediate air travel ban on all passengers traveling to the U.S. from Liberia who are not American citizens to prevent spread of the Ebola virus…” (Marcos, 10/3).

The Hill: CDC director: Travel ban could make Ebola outbreak worse
“A travel ban to the countries facing an Ebola outbreak could paradoxically make the problem worse, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden said during a Saturday press conference. Frieden said the CDC would consider any and all precautions, but warned that a travel ban could make it harder to get medical care and aid workers to regions dealing with the outbreak…” (Joseph, 10/4).

International Business Times: A Ban On Air Travel From Ebola-Stricken Countries Would Backfire, Experts Say
“The first travel-associated case of Ebola in the United States has raised concerns once again about whether flights should be restricted from the West African countries ravaged by the epidemic…” (Mangla, 10/3).

VOA News: U.S. Ebola Case Raises Travel Concerns
“The emergence of the Ebola virus in the United States has raised concerns about whether the U.S. should restrict travel from affected West African nations. The State Department says when it comes to granting visas, the safety and security of the United States is the top priority…” (Dockins, 10/3).

Washington Post: Why hasn’t the U.S. closed its airports to travelers from Ebola-ravaged countries?
“…The State Department has warned U.S. citizens against non-essential travel to Liberia and Sierra Leone, but there are currently no plans to alter the travel warning in the wake of diagnosis, a State Department official told The Post on Wednesday…” (Phillip, 10/4).

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