Congressman Lynn Westmoreland: Statement on Ebola Outbreak

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Oct

Congressman Lynn Westmoreland: Statement on Ebola Outbreak

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From Congressman Lynn Westmoreland

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Westmoreland Statement on Ebola Outbreak

Congressman Lynn Westmoreland has issued the following statement on the new cases of Ebola in the United States and the flaws in the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) procedure:

“Like many Americans, my concerns over the CDC’s handling of the Ebola outbreak in America are growing daily,”stated Westmoreland. “To this point, the response has been one step behind containing and eliminating the virus. When President Obama and Director Frieden made the decision to send troops to West Africa to risk their lives abroad, they should have shown equal force in combating the disease at home. The Ebola “swat team” the president called for last night should have been deployed weeks ago when the first patient came back to America.

“The breach of protocol and lack of guidance provided for health care workers in Texas has caused the American people to lose faith in the government’s ability to contain the disease. While the CDC has many dedicated workers, they do not have a perfect record when it comes to keeping protocol and focusing on their underlying mission. The CDC has made multiple mistakes in the last year, such as the handling of Bird Flu (H5N1 influenza virus) and Anthrax and this situation has been no different. Their protocol needs to be seriously reexamined for any possible weaknesses, and they need to tighten up their training procedures so that not a single American healthcare worker or person is at risk.

“I join many of my colleagues in requesting a travel ban that includes screening of visas from countries where the outbreak is occurring, specifically West Africa. What we are doing now is not enough and we need stronger leadership from CDC Director Frieden and President Obama to protect our citizens. Due to our nation’s advanced medicine and expertise to handle this appropriately, the threat of widespread outbreak in the US still remains low; however we must act quickly and carefully to destroy that threat completely.”

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