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Rep. Pat Meehan: Travel Ban Doesn't Mean Isolating W. Africa

By    |   Friday, 17 Oct 2014 04:29 PM

Imposing a travel ban to help control the spread of the Ebola virus does not mean we must isolate western Africa, Pennsylvania Rep. Pat Meehan tells Newsmax.

"The opportunity to continue to get the appropriate and essential personnel and materials there need not be impacted with the kind of planning that could accommodate the support for getting just those kinds of things there," Meehan told Ed Berliner on "MidPoint" on Newsmax TV Friday.

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"You're already beginning to see European countries and others speaking about exactly the same kind of thought and the successes that have been realized in containing the things at this point have been because they've been able to work to create the environment that restricts the travel and other kinds of things while we get a handle on this issue," he explained.

"It's just prudent that we be discussing and hopefully implementing those kinds of things here in the United States," he said.

"I don't think that that necessarily means that we isolate western Africa," he added.

Almost every country in Africa has imposed travel bans from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.

The Pennsylvania Republican has joined others in calling for a travel ban to help control the spread of the Ebola virus to the United States, including Rep. John Mica of Florida.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn told Newsmax that she would like those who travel from Ebola-stricken countries to be quarantined for 21-days.

Meehan says that right now there's a lot of frustration because the Obama administration hasn't offered an "explanation that justifies the unwillingness to look at it in enough of a convincing way."

But, he says, that something should be done "at least until we get a handle first on the ability for us here in the United States to have confidence that we have the protocols understood and the capacity to efficiently and safely redirect any kinds of problems that are associated to the places where they can be" addressed the best. 

"While we begin to build that capacity and give the American people more confidence that this system is capable of reacting effectively, it is prudent to restrict the travel," he contends.

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