PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The rapid spread of Ebola in West Africa and its isolated presence in the United States is prompting some to call for a travel ban to and from West Africa.
Leaders around the world are working to stop the spread of the virus, which according to Centers for Disease Control has claimed the lives of more than 3,400 people.
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“Our public health facilities in the United States and across the globe are on alert. This is an all-out effort, and it should be an all-out effort,” said U.S. Sen. Jack Reed.
The White House announced Monday that it’s not considering a travel ban, but said officials are conducting screenings in Liberia and other countries to identify potentially sick passengers.
“We’re not letting people leave these countries en route to Europe or the United States without a screening,” Reed added.
Sen. Reed said leaders are relying heavily on advice from the CDC and World Health Organization, who said travel restrictions might actually be counterproductive.
“If there is a restriction on travel, then it’s going to be very difficult to recruit individuals that go to health care professionals and others that are necessary right now,” said Reed.
Reed said that according to the experts, travel will stay open, but screenings might be intensified to keep Americans and others safe from the virus.