Ebola Fears Increase Pressure to Restrict Flights from Africa

Stephen Dinan and Tom Howell Jr., Washington Times, October 2, 2014

The first case of Ebola diagnosed within the U.S. is prompting calls for heavy travel restrictions between the U.S. and those West African countries hardest hit by the outbreak–and one advocate is even warning against the possibility of “Ebola tourism” by patients seeking better care here.

Thomas Eric Duncan, the first diagnosed case, remained in isolation in a Texas hospital Thursday after having traveled from Liberia last month, leaving health officials to try to track down up to 100 persons he may have come in contact with. {snip}

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For now, the administration is rejecting calls for a visa ban for West Africans. “I don’t believe that’s something we’re considering,” a State Department spokeswoman told reporters. Health officials have described the Texas case, in which Mr. Duncan exhibited symptoms but was released from a hospital for two days, as a fluke misstep.

Calls for a travel ban extend back to the summer, when the disease first started to spread in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Rep. Alan Grayson, Florida Democrat, was one of the earliest to propose restrictions, calling for a 90-day ban on travel from Ebola-touched countries to the U.S.

“If they’d instituted the travel ban when Alan Grayson, of all people, demanded it, [Duncan] wouldn’t be here,” said Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, who said a ban could have prevented the scrambling health officials are now doing to try to track Mr. Duncan’s movements and see whom he might have infected.

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Mr. Krikorian raised the notion of “Ebola tourism,” in which someone who fears he or she has come into contact with an infected person quickly schedules a trip to the U.S., where top-notch care is available.

“That’s not something we should be encouraging or allowing,” Mr. Krikorian said.

U.S. officials are now trying to verify the details of Mr. Duncan’s story, including denying having touched anyone with Ebola when he was questioned by airport screeners.

Mr. Duncan’s half-brother told CNN on Thursday that his relative did not come to the U.S. seeking treatment, saying he didn’t have any symptoms and didn’t know he had the deadly virus until after he was here.

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This was reportedly Mr. Duncan’s first trip to the U.S., but he has extensive family here.

Screening out health risks was long a part of the U.S. immigration system, dating back to the Immigration Act of 1891, which excluded “persons suffering from a loathsome or a dangerous contagious disease.”

Today, the law gives the administration the power to refuse entry to foreigners with a “communicable disease of public health significance.” A decade-old executive order specifically lists Ebola as one of those diseases with the potential to cause a pandemic.

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For now, the efforts to screen out would-be carriers from among travelers to the U.S. seems scant.

Airlines are running passengers through thermal detectors or taking their temperature, and are denying seats to those that have a temperature. But Mr. Duncan didn’t have a fever when he left Liberia and was allowed to board.

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African countries have been far less timid.

International SOS, a travel security firm, lists more than a dozen countries that have imposed some sort of ban, ranging from closure of land borders to outright prohibitions on entry for anyone that has visited an infected country in the previous weeks.

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While Mr. Duncan is one of just a handful of Ebola patients in the U.S.–the others were diagnosed overseas and brought back here on a special plane–the danger of an outbreak has raised all manner of public health questions.

One analysis from 2013, published by the Global Policy Journal, even raised the question of whether al Qaeda-inspired terrorists in West Africa could harness the Ebola virus as a weapon.

“The increase in natural outbreaks in the region, coupled with a possibility of a terrorist group recruiting experts to acquire the virus and to prepare it to use as a bioweapon, should lead policymakers to consider the risk of a deliberate outbreak,” Amanda M. Teckman, an administrative assistant at Seton Hall University, who earned her master’s degree from the university’s school of diplomacy and international relations, said in the analysis.

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  • UncleSham

    With leaders like these, who needs terrorists? Ebola will come, no jihad necessary.

    • Periapsis

      Or these Africans will come as Ebola terrorists.

      • That poor woman!

      • rhondakelly07

        Africans Call for white genocide….I hope they give it to Muslims Terriorists…Democrats…

    • thegodsofeden

      Or to paraphrase the Indian character in the movie ‘Short Circuit’: With friends like these, who needs enemas?

    • Oil Can Harry

      Dozens of African leaders have closed their borders to the three Ebola nations but Obama won’t.

      Unlike Obamarx the African dictators care at least a little bit about their fellow countrymen.

      • John R

        More to the point: Only White nations are infected with liberalism.

        • adplatt126

          Liberalism? Umm social Marxism? Letting ebola infected borderline imbeciles into your nation, who put the health of all of your citizens at risk, is not liberal or even sane. It’s an insane, irrational pathology, driven by the belief that racism, or any hint of it, is the greatest evil the world has ever seen or will ever see. Our government would rather kill us than appear racist. Literally.

          • John R

            I agree. When I use the term “liberalism” I mean the word in it’s modern sense, not classic sense. Yes, cultural Marxism would be a better description; I use “liberal” just to be simple and so people understand who and what I am talking about.

      • rhondakelly07

        Hes running for third term…for White genocide For Civil war 2014 USA utube

      • Andy

        I think the African leaders probably see it as a much bigger threat. I doubt they’re simply greater humanitarians than Obama.

    • rhondakelly07

      Blacks, illegals, Mexican drug Cartel joins ISIS….Illegals carry NON Drug reistiant TB…And flesh eating Sores…And…Flesh eating drug….Get these democrats out of USA…top 2 killers in USA are blacks, and illegals, who Both kill MORE than Iraq war…WHITES ARE IN GENOCIDE WORLD WIDE…Why it’s really them that is racist….see white slavery..Blacks Mexican Indians had More white people for slaves…and for longer..were stil;l there slaves..Most don’t work..Close US border..

  • Reverend Bacon

    I think this is part of Obama’s Jihad against this country. In Tom Clancy’s Executive Orders, the muslims unleash an aerosolized version of ebola on the country, and there’s also a sleeper agent mole in the secret service who wants to take out the president. I think Obama’s handlers read that book, and we now have life imitating art. Except the mole is the president. We’re screwed.

    • Periapsis

      As far as I am concerned, the majority of the nation’s leading officials are littler better than poisonous snakes. They are all a nest of vipers who were raised back in the 2030’s to the 1970’s.

    • propagandaoftruth

      Barry O should make a personal visit to every Ebola patient who gets treated in America and help clean up their body fluids.

      • John R

        HA HA HA!!! If only, if only….

    • rhondakelly07

      ISIS Illegals, will bring it here to USA.. Democrats

  • Stan D Mute

    We will see restrictions only when a certain Quaker school in DC begins having ebola stricken Liberians strolling through its doors.

    • John

      Even then, I doubt anything substantive would happen. Now, on the other hand, if it were the following…. “Yeshiva is a Jewish institution that focuses on the study of traditional religious texts, primarily the Talmud and Torah study”, then we’d see some action PDQ.

  • Cecil Broomsted

    Ebola worse than HIV or SARS yet Obama issues thousands of visas to Ebola-stricken countries.

    http://rt com/usa/192380-ebola-residents-us-visas/

    • Trevor Pilsbury

      Thank you for the link. I had not realised just how incompetent Mr. Obama is. That, or he has designs for us as yet undiscovered.

    • propagandaoftruth

      Racist. Ebola is code talk for “excellent reason to keep them out” for privy evil whites.

      You are a racist, brother Broomstead. Nice to meet you. Marty Feldman was a hoot.

  • Shadow

    “calls for heavy travel restrictions between the U.S. and those West African countries hardest hit by the outbreak…”

    We shouldn’t stop with banning travel from only West African countries–we should ban travel from ALL of Africa.

    Permanently.

    • AutomaticSlim

      100% agree.

      And permanently ban all 3rd world immigration as well, including the elimination of the H1B visa program.

      And while we’re at it…REPEAL THE 1965 IMMIGRATION ACT!!!

      How long will this suicidal madness continue???

      • Shadow

        500% agree.Ban it all!

      • adplatt126

        Sadly I’d say it’s now out of our hands. When you let enough parasites into your nation, eventually you lose even the voting power to reverse course. The only hope now is secession, wholesale Federal Government dissolution, and/or guerilla resistance.

      • 1G25

        “And while we’re at it…REPEAL THE 1965 IMMIGRATION ACT!!!”

        Absolutely. In 1960, America was 90 % white. Ted Kennedy killed more than Mary Jo Kopechne during his rotten career.
        .

    • thegodsofeden

      Here, here!

    • baldridge999

      And also anyone who has been in Africa. This would be easy. All they would have to do is look at their passports.

      These Washington Criminals always pretend to be inept when it comes to anything that hinders white genocide.

  • Why is it so hard when a nation witnesses the crimes of a president and yet
    be paralyzed to do what’s right. Obama is committing crimes by not isolating
    America from a deadly pathogen . . . almost the same thing as allowing a terrorist
    to enter the country with deadly radioactive isotopes.. I just don’t get it ..

    • Periapsis

      I do, Obama and company mean harm to white Americans. There can be no other explanation for what they are doing.

      • AutomaticSlim

        I believe you are correct sir.
        Posted a very similar comment a couple of days ago.

      • George Costanza

        I agree..
        But It seems to be back firing, look at the respiratory disease these jungle people are bringing over, if most of our public schools are non white then there is higher probability of them catching it.

        Recently a child died from this respiratory illness, it was probably one those illegal jungle kids crossing the border..

        • bilderbuster

          To Obama and his handlers that’s whats known as “acceptable losses”.

        • Who Me?

          “it was probably one those illegal jungle kids crossing the border”

          ——————
          What’s to worry, they have 70,000 more where that one came from

      • rebecca

        There are black, Hispanic, Chinese, Japanese people living in America who can get this disease MORON and they are not illegal immigrants.

        • Periapsis

          I know that, but they have advocates. We have NONE outside of those of us here and at other pro-white forums. Think about that.

        • me

          Rebecca, the anti-White troll,
          While living a life on the dole,
          Would frequent AmRen
          To post, yet again,
          Bull that he pulled from his hole.

        • adplatt126

          The oligarchy doesn’t care about racism. It cares about racism against certain, particular groups. Racism against white people is mandated by law and certainly by the enforcement of many major laws in the country. When employers say “we want diversity”, what they mean is they’re discriminating against white people. Where are the civil rights leaders and attorneys on that one? Strangely absent for the anti-racists they claim to be.

      • rhondakelly07

        Whites are in genocide world wide…All he needs is Illegals, then CIVIL WAR 2014 USA utube…How and why it will happen…He will run for third term.

    • rhondakelly07

      Illegals carry non drug resitiant TB…Flesh eating Sores…Flesh eating Drugs….Top 2 killers in USA are blacks and illegals…Blacks, Illegals,,,,Mexican Drug Cartel joins IS…

  • Truthseeker

    The “leaders” who allow these things to happen undermine their own authority. We’ll see how they like it when Whites stop following their laws and forge their own path without them.

    • adplatt126

      As the Arabs say, Insha’Allah.

  • Luca

    I have my own personal quarantine on Africans anyway.

    • Tarczan

      Mine has been in place for about 20 years.

    • Shadow

      The whole godforsaken continent of Africa should be quarantined.

    • rhondakelly07

      blacks go to train with , ISIS, come back to USA…they will bring it here democrats will

      • rhondakelly07

        Dont eat any where they work

  • A Freespeechzone

    Why aren’t the pilots of flights out of Africa refusing to fly the planes?

    • benvad

      Because they need their wages to survive, what else?

      • A Freespeechzone

        They have a ‘death wish’—-believe me THAT is NOT surviving.

  • phorning

    A doctor who has made many trips to Liberia is on Lou Dobbs right now. He thinks the number of cases in Liberia is grossly under reported. Says the screening process is inadequate. No surprise for anyone who has been following the story.

    Any sensible, thinking person knows there is going to be Ebola tourism unless we ban entry from West Africa.

  • Lionel Hutz

    The liberal and moderate sites I visit are atwitter with disgust for the incompetence of the regime.

    Is this the change? I’ve sensed something building in the collective consciousness lately, but can’t put my finger on it.

  • “This was reportedly Mr. Duncan’s first trip to the U.S., but he has extensive family here.”

    What Third Worlder doesn’t?

    • me

      Africa–
      Can’t live with it, can’t live with it. Put a fence around the entire continent and let all of these Africans fend for themselves for a change. AFTER we repatriate all of the Negroes out of the Western hemisphere.

      • I just call him a n****r. The “liar” epithet of course goes along with the first as a freebie.

  • GeorgeRA

    Barry Soetero, who calls himself Barrack Hussein Obama, can’t order White civilians into Ebola land to infect them so as to bring Ebola back here to the US, so he orders the US military, some 5000 or more to Ebola Land so that they can be infected with Ebola then they will be ordered back to the US where they will infect this country with Ebola.

    • rhondakelly07

      to give it to ONLY WHITES..

  • jayvbellis

    Has Rand Paul hugged an Ebola plagued refugee yet?

    Why not?

    Is he racist?

    • rhondakelly07

      Black Republicians are not racist

  • AmericanCitizen

    Since this happened in Texas isn’t Ebamola overdue in blaming this entire crisis on George Bush? ISIS, global climate warming change, the economy, and the failure of the ACA are all Bush’s fault anyway, why not Ebola?

  • Periapsis

    Many whites, including this one KNOW they want endless waves of brown invaders to drive wages down and eliminate working and middle class whites literally. They don’t care about being called racist, they care about stuffing their pockets. Even some of THEM are engaging in miscegenation with Hispanics, Jews and Asians now. It’s all about $$$$$$$$$. That is why I hate the majority of them, with a few exceptions. Most are Republicans In Name Only or RINO’s for short.

    • mobilebay

      I call them Americans in name only.

      • me

        I call them something else entirely….

      • baldridge999

        I call them WINOs – White In Name Only.

    • rhondakelly07

      web do not hire whites…civil war 2014 USA…

    • baldridge999

      Diversity is just a code word for white genocide.

  • Cid Campeador

    Am I totally nuts? If Dr. Phil reads here maybe he could explain why I feel that this is all tied together in a plot to create total chaos and panic so as to deliver the Coup de Grace to the almost late, great USA.
    John Stossel on FNC was telling people to be positive. He stated that “Crime is down”. Where has he been all this time? Beheadings, Polar Bear Hunting, Gangs attacking people in Mall parking lots, young coeds disappearing in increasing numbers, women leaving their homes to go to work and never coming back!

  • Let him die…

  • Magician

    And if the uninfected and the zombos team uo, who are they waging a war against?

  • Guest

    I know it is a white male but, I do really hope this 18 year old man receives an appropriate punishment and serves each and every minute of his 14 year sentence

    http://goo[dot]gl/3lMke5

    Look how beautiful his white girlfriend was

    And once again the young dead woman’s parents did not do their job as parents….and deserves to be blamed.

    Nothing good ever happens when a sixteen year old girl becomes pregnant