The CDC Just Raised Its Warning Level for U.S. Travel to Three African Countries

Here’s what that means.

National Journal
Marina Koren
Add to Briefcase
Marina Koren
July 31, 2014, 9:53 a.m.

The risk that the Ebola vir­us, which doc­tors can’t treat or cure, could reach the United States from West Africa is small. But Amer­ic­an of­fi­cials are start­ing to think it’s bet­ter to be safe than sorry.

On Thursday, the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion raised its warn­ing level for U.S. travel to the three Afric­an na­tions hit hard­est by the worst Ebola out­break in his­tory: Liber­ia, Si­erra Le­one and Guinea. The “Level 3” alert urges all U.S. res­id­ents to avoid non­es­sen­tial travel to these coun­tries be­cause of the out­break.

The CDC had pre­vi­ously is­sued a “Level 2” travel alert, which warns U.S. vis­it­ors trav­el­ing to Liber­ia, Guinea, and Si­erra Le­one, and ad­vises them to “prac­tice en­hanced pre­cau­tions” and avoid con­tact with in­fec­ted in­di­vidu­als. 

The vir­us has in­fec­ted more than 1,300 people and killed more than more than 700 since Feb­ru­ary, ac­cord­ing to the latest num­bers from the World Health Or­gan­iz­a­tion. Between Ju­ly 24 and Ju­ly 27 alone, 57 deaths were re­por­ted.

On Monday, State De­part­ment spokes­wo­man Jen Psaki de­clined to say wheth­er her de­part­ment was con­sid­er­ing travel re­stric­tions in re­sponse to the out­break. “In terms of what we’re con­sid­er­ing, I don’t have any­thing to pre­dict,” she said. “We’re tak­ing every pre­cau­tion, of course.”

No case of Ebola has nev­er been re­por­ted on U.S. soil. But the re­cent death of Patrick Saw­yer from the dis­ease ap­pears to have hit close to home. Saw­yer, a nat­ur­al­ized U.S. cit­izen, col­lapsed in a Ni­geri­an air­port after de­part­ing Liber­ia, mark­ing the first time in his­tory that the Ebola vir­us traveled from one coun­try to an­oth­er by plane. Had Saw­yer’s symp­toms taken longer to mani­fest, he would have made it to his fi­nal des­tin­a­tion: Min­nesota.

What We're Following See More »
HAD ATTRACTED A CROWD TODAY
Alt-Right Leader Spencer Removed from CPAC
15 hours ago
WHY WE CARE
SAYS LEFT WILL GO INTO “MELTDOWN”
Cruz Predicts Another SCOTUS Vacancy “This Summer”
19 hours ago
THE LATEST
THE QUESTION
How Many Signatures Has the Petition for Trump’s Tax Returns Received?
21 hours ago
THE ANSWER

More than 1 million, setting a record. More than 100,000 signatures triggers an official White House response.

Source:
TIED TO RUSSIA INVESTIGATION
Sen. Collins Open to Subpoena of Trump’s Tax Returns
21 hours ago
THE LATEST

Sen. Susan Collins, who sits on the Intelligence Committee, "said on Wednesday she's open to using a subpoena to investigate President Donald Trump's tax returns for potential connections to Russia." She said the committee is also open to subpoenaing Trump himself. "This is a counter-intelligence operation in many ways," she said of Russia's interference. "That's what our committee specializes in. We are used to probing in depth in this area."

Source:
NPR ALSO LAUNCHES ETHICS WATCH
Obama Staffers Launch Group to Monitor Trump Ethics
21 hours ago
WHY WE CARE

"Top lawyers who helped the Obama White House craft and hold to rules of conduct believe President Donald Trump and his staff will break ethics norms meant to guard against politicization of the government — and they’ve formed a new group to prepare, and fight. United to Protect Democracy, which draws its name from a line in President Barack Obama’s farewell address that urged his supporters to pick up where he was leaving off, has already raised a $1.5 million operating budget, hired five staffers and has plans to double that in the coming months." Meanwhile, NPR has launched a "Trump Ethics Monitor" to track the resolution of ten ethics-related promises that the president has made.

Source:
×
×

Welcome to National Journal!

You are currently accessing National Journal from IP access. Please login to access this feature. If you have any questions, please contact your Dedicated Advisor.

Login