Congressman Vern Buchanan

Representing the 16th District of Florida

Buchanan Calls for Travel Restrictions to Combat Ebola Virus

Oct 6, 2014
Press Release

WASHINGTON – The government should enforce travel restrictions based on tighter screening of people entering the United States from the Ebola hotspots of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan said Monday.

The Centers for Disease Control has already issued a travel advisory warning Americans not to visit the three West African nations at the epicenter of the outbreak. Buchanan said, “it makes sense for the government to conduct tighter screening of those trying to enter our country from Ebola-ravaged nations.”

The Congressman said he supported efforts to send medical supplies to Africa to combat the disease.

“We can keep Americans safe and show compassion by continuing to send in medical supplies to help African nations battling the deadly virus,” Buchanan said. “I hope the FAA and other government agencies are reviewing all available options to keep the outbreak from spreading in the United States.”

The Ebola outbreak is the worst in recorded history, infecting more than 7,400 people. The World Health Organization reports that more than 3,400 have died from the epidemic.