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CDC Director Tells House Chairman Travel Ban Would Hurt W. African Economy

(by PJ Tatler)

The chairman of the subcommittee that will be holding a high-profile hearing on the Ebola crisis today on the Hill said the CDC director told him that the administration fears a travel ban from affected countries would hurt fragile West African economies.

CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci will be testifying at the noontime Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing, along with officials from the FDA, Health and Human Services, and Department of Homeland Security.

Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) told Fox last night that he was “initially” calling for the travel ban involving incoming passengers from Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

“Look, when President Obama told us back in September that by screening people on airlines and telling flight attendants how to screen and what to watch out for and screening from Africa was going to work, it wasn’t going to work. And we had that evidence right from the onset when Mr. Duncan and others — I mean let’s face it, if you had a chance to come to the United States for healthcare, would anybody tell the truth? And I think no. I would not trust that,” Murphy said.

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