Testifying before a U.S. House panel, Dr. Tom Frieden, executive of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, argued his box opposite shutting borders to travelers from Ebola-stricken countries.
WASHINGTON — A tip open health central told a House row Thursday that a Obama administration has not ruled out commanding restrictions on transport to and from West Africa to assistance strengthen Americans from Ebola.
“We will cruise any options to improved strengthen Americans,” Thomas Frieden, a executive of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pronounced when asked by Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., either it is a process of a Obama administration that there would be no transport restrictions.
Frieden did not contend accurately what kind of transport restrictions he competence be peaceful to support, though he done it transparent a administration has concerns about an undisguised anathema on blurb flights to and from West Africa.
He pronounced he worries that if people are barred from drifting here from West Africa, they might finish adult anticipating other ways to enter a U.S. but correct screening to detect a virus.
“Right now, we know who is entrance in,” he said, in his testimony before a House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.
Five U.S. airports that hoop 94% of travelers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea are implementing procedures to shade passengers from those countries by holding their temperatures, seeking them a array of questions and looking for signs of Ebola. Anyone who exhibits symptoms will bear serve analysis by a CDC.
Murphy and other Republicans on a slip row urged President Obama to immediately anathema all commercial, non-essential transport between a United States and West Africa. That would still concede supervision assist workers and infantry to go.
“Screening and self-reporting during airports have been a demonstrated failure,” Murphy said.
Democrats pronounced Congress contingency boost appropriation to U.S. health agencies, that have had bill cuts in new years.
“This is a wake-up call for America that we can't concede NIH (National Institutes of Health) appropriation to stagnate any longer,” pronounced Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Fla.
Frieden attempted to tamp down fears about an Ebola conflict in a USA.
“There will not be a vast conflict here (in a USA) exclusive a turn (of a virus),” he said.
Frieden, in created testimony submitted for a hearing, also said, “We sojourn assured that Ebola is not a poignant open health hazard to a United States … We know Ebola can be stopped with fast diagnosis, suitable triage and prudent infection-control practices in American hospitals.”
But he also pronounced he feared a incomparable conflict of a illness in Africa, that could poise long-term problems for a U.S. health caring system.
Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., pronounced a best approach to stop Ebola in a USA is to stop it in Africa. “There is no such thing as outpost America when it comes to disease,” she said.
The conference came only one day after a second helper from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas was diagnosed with Ebola. The dual nurses, both in their 20s, engaged a pathogen after caring for Thomas Eric Duncan, a initial Ebola studious to die in a USA.
Duncan, who died Oct. 8, had trafficked to Dallas from Liberia. More than 4,000 people have died in a Ebola conflict in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.
The Obama administration should during slightest cruise immediately suspending U.S. transport visas expelled to people from those 3 nations, pronounced Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La.
“Have we looked during that?” Scalise asked Frieden.
Frieden replied that a CDC “would positively cruise anything that would revoke risk to Americans.”
John Wagner, behaving partner commissioner in a Office of Field Operations during U.S. Customs and Border Protection, pronounced CBP officials have screened 155 travelers from West Africa during John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York given new precautions took outcome there final weekend.
He pronounced 13 people were identified as wanting additional screening and 8 of those were sent to a CDC for some-more examination. He pronounced all of a travelers were examined and released.
Frieden also pronounced 74 people were prevented from boarding flights abroad to come to a United States since they had fevers or other symptoms of disease.