No Ebola Travel Ban, White House Says

A member of the Cleaning Guys Haz Mat clean up company removes items from the apartment where Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan was staying before being admitted to a hospital on October 6 in Dallas. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The administration is not considering a travel ban on countries with Ebola outbreaks, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Monday.  

Earnest said that the administration is confident with the procedures now in place to prevent outbreaks in the United States, and he noted that it is not spread through the water or the air and requires close contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person.  

Earnest quoted administration officials saying that the risk of an outbreak in the United States is exceedingly low because America has the medical infrastructure in place to contain infections. Last week, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, asked the FAA about a possible travel ban last week , and North Carolina Senate candidate Thom Tillis called for a ban.  

Over the weekend, Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., called for screening passengers and creating a database of passengers from West Africa.  

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