Alexander Calls for Restricted Travel from Ebola-Infected West African Countries to U.S.

Says “I again urge the president, as I did last week, to designate immediately a single cabinet member to coordinate a more urgent Ebola response”

Posted on October 15, 2014

COOKEVILLE, Tenn., Oct. 15 – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the senior Republican on the Senate health committee, today called for restricted travel from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone to the United States. 

Alexander said: “Given the spread of Ebola in Dallas, the most sensible way to prevent the spread of Ebola in the United States is to restrict travel to the U.S. from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone in West Africa to essential personnel, and to develop quarantine procedures for anyone from those countries arriving in the United States. These individuals should be monitored for symptoms for 21 days to make certain they are not infected with Ebola.

He added: “In addition, I again urge the president, as I did last week, to designate immediately a single cabinet member to coordinate a more urgent Ebola response among all U.S. agencies involved and other countries that should be more involved. This crisis needs stronger leadership and a greater sense of urgency from the president."