U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts thinks that the country needs to immediately shut down flights into the U.S. from west African countries where the Ebola crisis is raging out of control.
"I have no confidence in how the Obama Administration is managing the Ebola crisis, and neither do the people of Kansas," Roberts said. "We are facing a potential national health emergency that could overwhelm our health care system, threaten the economy, and place national security at risk if not handled properly."
Public health officials have said that travel restrictions could actually make the chances of disease spread worse because it would drive people desperate to leave infested areas underground and make it more difficult to track their travel path.
Stopping the spread of Ebola is the only way to control the outbreak, experts have said, and they are calling for more help from around the world in containing the crisis in western Africa. Ultimately, all officials agree, the best way to stop the potential pandemic is to get it under control in the area where it started.
Robert is advocating that all individuals attempting to enter the United States who have traveled to the affected area within the last 30 days must quarantine outside the country.
Sen. Roberts said there are now more than 8,000 cases of Ebola spreading through West Africa and more than 4,000 deaths. He said the effort to contain the virus needs to remain in Africa and not on the borders of the U.S. or in American airports.
Roberts says he believes the country needs to shut down air traffic between any Ebola-infected regions and the U.S. even if that means that U.S. aid workers or humanitarian volunteers can't come home.