Saturday, October 18, 2014

Global Impact: White House Remains Obsessed in Not Authorizing a Travel Ban

According to Reuters, President Barack Obama is willing to "keep an open mind" about imposing a travel ban as part of US efforts to fight Ebola, but it is not a measure currently being considered, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Friday (October 17).
"At this point if our core priority is in protecting the American public, then we're not going to put in place a travel ban," Earnest said, because it would give people seeking to travel to the United States "an incentive to not be candid, or honest even, about their travel history."

COMMENT: The White House's "spin" in explaining why a travel ban should not have been levied when Ebola first broke out in the US is best documented by the below link:

Having worked on mass-casualty events on a global level from 1973 until 2006, the failure of The White House to institute a travel ban on residents of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia following the first diagnosis of a US patient with Ebola from September 19, 2014 onward can only be described as complacent and naive.

As of October 15, 2014, there have been 17 cases of Ebola treated outside of Africa, four of whom have died.[130] In early October, Teresa Romero, a 44-year-old Spanish nurse, contracted Ebola after caring for a priest who had been repatriated from West Africa. This was the first transmission of the virus to occur outside of Africa.[131]

On September 19, 2014, Liberian national Eric Duncan flew from his native Liberia to Texas; five days later he began showing symptoms and visited a hospital, but was sent home. His condition worsened and he returned to the hospital on September 28. Health officials confirmed a diagnosis of Ebola on 30 September—the first case in the United States.[33] On October 12, the CDC confirmed that a nurse in Texas who had treated Duncan was found to be positive for the Ebola virus, the first known case of the disease to be contracted in the United States.[132] On October 15, a second Texas healthcare worker was confirmed to have the virus.[133]

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