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Rep. Peter King: More Care Needed on Ebola Protocols

By    |   Friday, 17 Oct 2014 09:27 PM

Much more needs to be done when it comes to the protocols and procedures on Ebola, Rep. Peter King, a member of the House Homeland Security Committee told CNN's Wolf Blitzer Friday night.

"We've seen so much uncertainty from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) over the last several weeks," the New York Republican said. "First we were told, it's almost impossible to be communicated, for people to catch it, if you will. And then we find out now more than 800 people are being tracked who could have been on the same plane with one of the nurses (Amber Vinson).

King said he also has many questions about the examination of a 63-year-old Nigerian man who died on a plane headed to New York after he had vomited.

The man, who died on Arik Air plane loaded with passengers, did not die from the deadly Ebola virus, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said, but instead, from a heart attack.

"I was contacted by local workers there who observed this," said King. "And it was decided he did not have Ebola, and the police and customs people had to remove the body from the plane. Their concern was, how certain could they be that that person did not have Ebola, those bodily fluids were not infected with Ebola?"

King said there are also issues about testing for Ebola symptoms at airports.

"Before someone gets there to be tested, they walk through almost the entire airport," said King. "They can use restaurants, meeting [up with] other passengers from other flights. Then they finally get tested and when they are tested, what happens if they're positive? What's done to protect the worker who carried out the tester who did the screening?"

Luckily, in the case of Arik Air, the man was not an Ebola victim, "but do we know they could do that quick an examination of someone and conclude the person did not have Ebola?"

Meanwhile, airport workers are concerned not enough is being done to protect them, King said, and he'd rather be safe than sorry when it comes to Ebola.

"At JFK airport every day, we get 70 to 100 people from West Africa coming in," said King. "They get off the plane. It's at least a ten-minute walk through parts of the airport, mingling with other passengers, mingling with passengers from other planes."

And when they are finally screened "the person who is screening them or testing them hs no protective gear on...what happens to that worker if the person does prove to test positive? If we're so concerned about the 800 people that have been in contact with the nurse, think how concerned we'd have to be about having a person walking through a place like JFK."

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