Portman calls for screening of travelers with ebola symptoms

Portman calls for screening of travelers with ebola symptoms

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) appeared on CNN Friday to urge the CDC to direct the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to be more aggressive in screening travelers with Ebola symptoms.

"At a minimum, lets do active screening," said Portman. "As you know, we are not acting in a way that we should be in terms of asking passengers where they have been, whether they've been in contact with some who's had Ebola and that's one reason we're having the issues we're having."

This comes as the United States decided to amp up it's response to the disease by sending an additional 600 troops to West Africa. That 600 will join the 3,000 already committed to providing logistical support in the region.

"I applauded the Administration when they finally took steps to actually begin to act in Liberia and to take a more aggressive approach," said Portman. "But we've got to move quickly because the disease is spreading so quickly."

Meanwhile, a freelance photojournalist who contracted Ebola while working in Liberia will be flown back to the U.S. And HAZMAT crews in Dallas are working to secure personal items belonging to Thomas Duncan, the first person diagnosed with the virus in America. 

He could potentially face charges in Liberia where he allegedly lied about coming in contact with the virus as he boarded the plane to the U.S. 

Doctors in Washington D.C. are also monitoring a patient in isolation pending test results. 

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