Outbreak Worsens: Democrat Congressman Demands Travel Ban from Ebola Infected Countries

Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., is demanding the Obama administration and the Department of Homeland Security immediately instate a travel ban to all countries with reported cases of Ebola.

Doctors wearing Medical Masks to protect from Ebola

The Congressman sent his request to Secretary John Kerry and DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson. In it he wrote:

I write to request the imposition of a travel ban on the citizens of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, and any foreign person who has visited one of these nations 90 days prior to arriving in the United States. I also ask that this ban be expanded to any other nation that reports originating a case of Ebola virus disease (“Ebola”), and that travel restrictions be removed only when 90 days have passed without a newly reported case.

The current Ebola epidemic spreading throughout West Africa is the worst in recorded history. According to the World Health Organization, through July 23rd there have been 1,201 suspected Ebola cases, and 672 deaths attributed to those cases. Unfortunately, those numbers are now a week old, and have likely grown. Additionally, the Ministry of Health of Nigeria reported the first probable Ebola case on Friday, which was attributed to a visiting U.S. citizen. Reportedly, Patrick Sawyer of Coon Rapids, Minnesota traveled by air to Lagos, Nigeria, became symptomatic while traveling, was admitted to the hospital on July 20th (upon arrival in Nigeria), and succumbed to the disease on July 25th. This latest development is particularly troubling because Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos is the third busiest airport in Africa, and it offers direct flights to the United States. I urge you to consider the enhanced danger Ebola now presents to the American public, and therefore request that appropriate travel restrictions be implemented immediately.

Is the Obama Administration ignoring the Severity of the Outbreak?

As the Ebola outbreak rages on in West Africa, there’s increasing concern that this outbreak may soon spread throughout the world ­­ – in large part, because world health officials refuse to enact strict travel bans from these infected countries.

Earlier this week two American doctors were infected, and thanks to our government’s inability to act, one of their families was actually allowed to fly back into the United States – despite being with the doctor right before he fell ill. Our government is so hopelessly incompetent that they’re actually continuing plans to hold a massive a U.S.-Africa summit this week in Washington D.C.

President Obama plans to continue with his three-day summit even though Africa is experiencing the worst recorded outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in its history.

“We have no plans to change any elements of the U.S.-Africa summit as we believe all air travel continues to be safe here,” principal deputy press secretary Eric Schultz told reporters aboard Air Force One on Wednesday.

Doctors Without Borders is calling the outbreak “absolutely out of control” and warns that the threat of the disease spreading beyond western Africa is frighteningly real. Yet, the U.S. government sits ideally by and does nothing to protect its citizens from the outbreak.

United Kingdom places Airports and airlines on high alert.

The United Kingdom today enacted stricter rules for dealing with those flying in from infected countries. British airports and airlines were placed on high alert and Passengers displaying symptoms of the virus will be banned from boarding flights to the UK. Anyone arriving in the UK showing symptoms will be held at immigration in quarantine.

Liberia Health Officials Warning of Global Pandemic

Liberian officials are warning that the outbreak has spread beyond its control, and that if world health officials don’t do something to control the virus it could soon become a global pandemic.

Tolbert Nyenswah, Liberia’s assistant minister of health, told CBS News, “Our government has declared this now as a humanitarian crisis that is above the control of the national government” … “This virus, if it is not taken care of, will be a global pandemic”

Whether or not Ebola will become a global pandemic killer is yet to be seen, but what has become clear is our government’s complete inability, or unwillingness to do anything to stop these types of treats. When you have a deadly disease outbreak that’s killing 90% of the people who become infected, how can you not enact a travel ban? Maybe the Department of Homeland Security needs to worry a little less about becoming the nation’s police force, and start worrying about the threats they’re supposed to protect us from.

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  1. Ebola is not contagious before symptoms are present. To the best of my knowledge the disease is still not infectious without physical contact with bodily fluids. The greatest risk anyone is reporting is that it can in some cases take three weeks to express symptoms. And to date an pandemic spread of the disease in a country such as ours hasn’t happened simply because each case has been treated immediately because of the high alert following travelers from those countries. We should consider a ban- but are we REALLY facing a nationwide/worldwide spread of this virus? Likely not in first world countries, or countries with things such as plumbing and basic hygiene. One might compare it with something such as Rabies, the risk of spread is quite similar- its believed animals begin the infectious chain which ends with human cases of the disease. The difference is we have fairly successful treatments for people who contract rabies.

    • This is far different from rabies and can be spread by airborne droplets. It may not be airborne in the same way as the flu, but it’s a misconception to say it cannot be spread through the air. If someone coughs or sneezes near you, it can be spread through those droplets.

      And as sniper says below, what about if it mutates? This is criminally irresponsible to allow travel.

      • Doug,
        I was a respiratory therapist and used universal precautions: paper gowns, gloves, goggles, booties, masks, hair nets to treat active tuberculosis patients. Guess what, that is kindergarden in comparison to ebola. YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT, AND I EMAILED THE CDC, THE NIH, AND THE NATIONAL AND CANADIAN AIRLINE TRAVEL BUREAUS TO PLEASE BAN TRAVELERS FROM COMING IN BY PLANE OR BOAT, OR FROM MEXICO THEY CAN NOW SLIP THROUGH THE BORDER. THE CDC&PRESIDENT HAVE THEIR HEADS WHERE THE SUN DOESN’T SHINE. I HAVE ALREADY BOUGHT GLOVES, GOGGLES FOR MY EYES, AND FACE MASKS N-95 RESPIRATOR MASKS TO PREVENT SNEEZED DROPLETS, AND HAND WIPES TO USE BEFORE AND AFTER I ENTER ANY STORE STARTING IN SEPTEMBER, JUST FOR THE FLU VIRUS ALONE. WHENEVER USING THE TOILET, MAKE SURE IT IS FLUSHED BECAUSE THE URINE CAN SPLASH BACK ON YOU SINCE IT IS A BODILY FLUID. GOOD LUCK. STAY AWAY FROM CROWDS. ALWAYS USE THE N-95 RESPIRATOR MASK(everything ON AMAZON) WHEN IN GROCERY STORES & IF NOT GLOVES THEN HANDIWIPES. PRAY THE CDC AND PRESIDENT WAKE UP TO REALITY. PAX VOBISCUM

        • You sound more like a conspiracy theorist than a respiratory therapist. You are taking precautions that help against spread of TB when faced with a Ebola, a disease with a completely different transmission mechanism.

    • Fair enough, but now we are bringing people who are exhibiting symptoms into the US. That is an unnecessary risk.

      It is cause for slight concern.

    • I feel like all travel to and from the infected areas needs to stop immediately. While the disease may only be spread by bodily fluids at this time, all viruses eventually mutate.

    • i agree with doug…..i would much rather take( EXTRA unnecessary )step when dealing with ebola,then to underestimate this virus….and i only beleive about 50% of what our government tells us about this disease…if you want another opinion about this ebola outbreak and its POTENTIAL search CANADIAN FACT SHEET ON EBOLA.

    • If Ebola is not contagious before symptoms are present, what determines when symptoms become present? The very first sneeze, cough or fever a person gets? Most people will not usually present themselves to the doctor until they have been sick a few days. Most people will sit back and say, “Oh, I don’t feel to well today but it will be better tomorrow.” Then, tomorrow comes and they may wait even another day before actually going to a hospital. By then, they may have gone to work, gone to the grocery, be in Walgreens, etc. I believe travel should be halted immediately!

  2. OMG,,a democrat that thinks,,,Janet,you are correct with your statement, but what do we do when the bug decides to mutate into an airborn virus.

    • I will attempt to also answer this question since I feel I have a good idea. I am a firefighter paramedic and we seldom know what people have when we arrive. If this does come to be in our country, and it is airborne I would suggest an N95 mask and glasses that provide splash protection. Wash your hands and avoid people who are coughing. Treat it like it is TB and you will be ahead of the game

  3. Well of course they aren’t going to institute a travel ban, that would cut into some rich person’s wallet. By “allowing” pandemics to continue, wealthy people can sit idly by while poor people living in less than ideal conditions contract the diseases and die. This also further fattens the pockets of drug companies that don’t do a thing to cure anything but rake in cash with treatments that much of the time don’t really work. Nature is doing rich folks a favor and they are loving it. I mean how else are you going to control population without looking like the bad guy?? I think they refer to this as enhanced natural selection or survival of the richest. Just wait for one of these terror groups to get the bright idea of instead of suicide bombers they round up a bunch of folks, infect them with ebola and send them off to other countries to sneeze and cough on things and touch stuff. By then the travel ban will be useless.

    • i strongly agree,as a matter of fact it was the first thing i thought of when i first heard of this outbreak…what if a terrorist infected him or herself with this and purposely came to the united states….they have most likely thought of this already!

  4. Let me say this to anyone reading this . Obama is NOT an ordinary president ,he wants to see this country suffer . People need to wake up , by the time his second term is done this country will be in ruins or close to it .

    • absolutely correct, Obama will NOT impose any ban on any one—He’s said many times he will destroy America as we know it.

    • The funny thing is I bet most or all of you voted for Obama? When are you all going to wake up. There is no one that can straighten out system bu the most high God Jehovah. Daniel 2:44 friends if you have a bible?

  5. Luke 21: 25 on the earth anguish of nations not knowing the way out because of the roaring of the sea and its agitation. 26 People will become faint out of fear and expectation of the things coming upon the inhabited earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Please note: In the bible sea refers to mankind in general and heavens can refer to goverments.

    • Mary governments cannot represent the heavens the heavens more less represent the world and the sky. The seas are the peoples emotions toward one another.

      • ya mary right?ill tell you what you grab your bible,im gonna grab my goggles face mask and suit….and maybe my pistol for protection.

  6. Quarantine is not a dirty word but at times is needed. With the new global economy, air travel, open borders, etc. COMMON SENSE along with a basic understanding
    of medicine, viral mutations and such make it clear that inviting Ebola in is just crazy. Our ancestors conducted full health screens of people entering the US. Now we do nothing but cave in to the P patrol. The only reason Ebola has been contained prior to this outbreak is that the contagious were CONTAINED, observed and the lethal virus was allowed to take it’s course. So sorry but a population that believes the body parts of murdered albino children bestow magical powers should uSe their magic for Ebola treatment.

  7. I agree; travel to these countries should be stopped and perhaps travel abroad for a bit until this is under control. That won’t kill anyone but Ebola will. Wake up!!!!

  8. listen up people,,,according to the cbc news in canada the usa is covering up alleged cases that are already here…7 in nyc and at least 1 in ottawa…you can sit by your tv and listen to united states propaganda….or you can investigate what OTHER countries are saying and doing…the truth is NOBODY KNOWS.. i for one think on my own and do my own research i have a family to think about..if it means moving to a heavily wooded discreet area for awhile…so be it!

  9. They released this virus into africa after patenting it and are waiting for it to trickle through to the rest of the world, heads they win and tails they win, reduce population , sell vaccine,martial law

  10. Totally agree with Congressman to ban air flights to and from infected areas with Ebola. Will sign petition. Will call my congress person. Thanks, Arlene

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