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Rep. Burgess: Delay Visas to Prevent Ebola's Spread in US

By    |   Monday, 13 Oct 2014 09:43 AM

A screening policy to review travel documents and delay visas for people traveling from countries affected by Ebola may help prevent the spread of the disease in the United States, Rep. Michael Burgess told MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan was the first person to be diagnosed with the disease in the United States and died Oct. 8, having traveled from Liberia to Dallas the previous month. A nurse who treated Duncan was diagnosed Sunday with Ebola.

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Burgess suggested travel restrictions might have prevented this spread of the disease.

"I think we could have done a better job, as far as looking at people who are requesting travel documents and visas," the Texas Republican said Monday. "Even now ... you may need a longer period of time before somebody applies for and receives a visa to come to this country from those areas that have been so badly affected."

A practical consideration for delaying travel into the U.S. was to allow the "health care spectrum time to adjust," as hospitals prepared systems to care for patients and protect workers, Burgess said.

Hospitals at Emory University in Atlanta, Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, and the National Institutes for Health in Bethesda, Maryland, and in Missoula, Montana, had developed specialized units "to deal with people who have highly infectious diseases," Burgess said.

He questioned if Ebola patients should be treated at those hospitals, rather than at local facilities.

"It just begs the question, why should your average community hospital now be required to staff up and run the type of isolation unit that, quite honestly, they spent years preparing for at Emory and in Omaha?" he asked.

Burgess also questioned the role of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help "hospitals prepare for the response that they were going to have to have."


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