NEW YORK (PIX11) - Ebola is now a top national security priority. That’s according to President Barack Obama, after he met with public health officials in Washington Monday.
The debate on how to stop Ebola from spreading and coming to the United States continues.
A Texas Congressman wants to close America’s borders to travelers from West Africa.
“What is correct is, is that we treat this in the circumstance where we stop travel to the United States not just from there, but also understanding that the African travel goes to Europe and other places,” Rep. Pete Sessions said.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest’s response: “A travel ban is not something that we are currently considering.”
President Obama said Monday the U.S. is working on protocols for air passenger screening at home and in West Africa.
Over the weekend, New York Senator Charles Schumer called for increased health screening at airports and ports.
“More intense screening and testing ones temperature in the United States adds an extra and very reliable layer of protection,” Schumer said.
Ashoka Mukpo, the American freelance NBC cameraman, infected with Ebola in West Africa returned to United States for treatment and landed in Nebraska early Monday.
He is the second Ebola patient to be treated at the Nebraska Medical Center.
“We are still in the process of discussing with his physicians and the team who are taking care of him which medications they are going to give him at this time,” his mother Diana Mukpa said.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, the Ebola patient in Dallas remains in critical condition.