Bobby Jindal urges Barack Obama to restrict Air Travel from Ebola-Stricken Countries
President Barack Obama has been urged by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal to impose restriction on air travel from Ebola-stricken countries to prevent the spread of the virus. Jindal said that the president must take this step as it's the federal government that has the authority over airports and flights. According to Jindal, the move is important for the protection of public health in the US.
There are no current flights coming from Africa to Louisiana, but the Dallas patient arrived in the US though a plane from Brussels. If Ebola case is reported in Louisiana, the governor could be driven into action to suspend regular operation of state agencies. Jindal's spokesperson Shannon Bates said the governor could take executive action and declare a public health emergency if an Ebola case is found in Louisiana.
"Right now we're trying to prevent it from arriving here. Right now we have no authority to limit travel in and out; the federal government does", said Bates.
Ebola is a contagious disease and it is very important to stay away from a person showing with symptoms of Ebola. Officials at the Department of Health and Hospitals urged that an infected person must start getting treatment as soon as symptoms show up because delay in treatment could have lethal results.
State health officials have said any person who has traveled to western Africa and is exhibiting symptoms of Ebola should immediately give a call at 911 and a medical response team would be immediately sent at the location to take the person into quarantine. The protocol is similar for those who arrived via an airplane or ship that had a passenger with symptoms of Ebola.
Rodney Mallett, a spokesperson for the Department of Transportation and Development, said if a pilot comes across any passenger showing signs of infection, then the Federal Aviation Administration will direct the plane to quarantine zones at airports. Teams from the Centers for Disease Control, the DHH and Customs will look after the care of those passengers from that point.
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