Obama announces tougher airport screenings to block Ebola spread

By Balitang America Staff, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Oct. 7, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – President Barack Obama told public health officials in Washington on Monday that stopping the spread of the Ebola virus is a top national security priority.

“It’s an issue about our safety. It is also an issue with respect to the political stability and economic stability in this region,” Obama said.

The president also said the U.S. is working on protocols for air passenger screening at home and in West Africa.

But health officials say they are opposed to a ban on travelers from Ebola-infected countries because it would be counterproductive.

“But that isolates the countries to the point where it makes it very difficult for them to control the epidemic,” Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health said. “And if that happens, it will spread to other African countries and then you’ll magnify the problem and make it even worse than it is. So virtually all health officials feel that essentially closing off a country is not a productive endeavor at all.”

The U.S. has seen at least six cases of Ebola in recent weeks. They involve five Americans and Liberian national Thomas Duncan.

Duncan developed symptoms of Ebola after traveling from Liberia to Dallas, Texas.

Obama is calling for other countries to step up and do more to fight the deadly virus, which has killed about 3,500 people.

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  • Delia
    8 October 2014 at 3:38 pm - Reply

    Too little – way too late, Mr. Obola Dimwit. Like most of us Americans, I’ve tuned out and am no longer interested in what you have to say. Tired of your spins, fatigued by your misdirects, lies and populist political demagoguery.