Rep. Tom Price: Statement on Ebola


Rep. Tom Price: Statement on Ebola

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From Congressman Tom Price 


Price Statement on Ebola 

“Ultimately, the best way to slow and eventually halt the spread of Ebola is to build up the capacity in West Africa to defeat this outbreak at its source. The United States is playing the leading role in an international effort to solve this crisis. As we apply our expertise and capabilities abroad, we need to ensure we are asking the tough questions and making the necessary corrections here at home to protect the American people.”
Congressman Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06) issued the following statement on the ongoing Ebola outbreak:

“The Ebola outbreak in West Africa and the subsequent cases of infection here in the United States have raised a tremendous amount of concern, fear and confusion. There’s no doubt that the challenge before us is enormous and the threat to our nation’s public health is real. There’s also no denying that the United States is better prepared than any other nation to address this challenge here at home and provide medical infrastructure, knowledge and aid to the people of West Africa. That being said, the events of the past few weeks – with the arrival of an infected individual into the United States and then the subsequent infection of now two health care personnel – make it clear that current procedures and execution of our prevention and response systems have been inadequate.

“Every agency involved, as well as health care personnel across the country, must put in place procedures to determine where a breakdown in protection and prevention could occur and do what is necessary to mitigate future failures. Part of that process must include updates to our efforts to prevent someone infected with Ebola from entering the United States in the first place. Screening procedures of visa holders traveling here from countries where this outbreak has occurred need to be equal to the challenge before us. Denying entry to the U.S., or requiring a period of quarantine prior to entry, to anyone from an affected country ought to be on the table.

Congressman Price is the Vice Chairman of the House Budget Committee. An orthopaedic surgeon, he spent more than 20 years caring for patients.

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