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Ebola Goes To Washington D.C.?

As panic and fear grip the residents of Dallas, Texas where one man is being treated for Ebola, a possible Ebola patient has been admitted at Howard University Hospital.

A patient showing signs of Ebola-like symptoms was rushed to Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C., Friday morning. A hospital spokesperson confirmed that the patient had recently traveled to Nigeria.

“In an abundance of caution, we have activated the appropriate infection control protocols, including isolating the patient,” said hospital spokesperson Kerry-Ann Hamilton in a statement. “Our medical team continues to evaluate and monitor progress in close collaboration with the CDC and the Department of Health.”

Meanwhile, Dallas Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan’s apartment is being cleaned. And the quarantined residents in the apartment where Duncan lived are now being relocated.

The Obama administration has yet to cancel and forbid all nonessential travel to and from all Ebola-stricken countries. In fact, the feds have so far failed to show a sense of urgency or seriousness toward what is beginning to look like a possible Ebola outbreak in America.

In response to the international chaos, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) sent a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) demanding answers about how they plan to prevent additional Ebola cases from entering the U.S.

“Due to the Obama Administration’s unclear approach to addressing the threat of the Ebola virus, Americans–particularly the Texans who have possibly been exposed–deserve specific answers to how the administration is addressing travel to and from the countries impacted by the disease,” Cruz writes.

Cruz’s questions to FAA administrator Michael Huerta are as follows:

1. What training is currently provided to airline carriers and their crew members to identify the symptoms of infectious diseases, such as Ebola, before a passenger boards a flight?

2. What specific action has the FAA taken since the first cases of the Ebola virus were reported in West Africa in March 2014?

3. Does the FAA intend to take any steps to limit or suspend air travel to countries that have experienced a significant Ebola outbreak?

4. Once a case has been confirmed will passengers receive notification that they traveled on the same flight as an Ebola patient?

5. Does your agency have any projections, studies or reports for how many additional Ebola cases may arrive in the United States due to air travel? If so, what additional steps is your agency taking to limit the spread of this infectious disease?

These questions from Senator Cruz are timely and wholly appropriate. It’s just too bad they didn’t come from, you know, the president of the United States.


Jerome Hudson

Managing Editor

Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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