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Lawmakers Grill Health Officials Over Ebola Response, Resistance To Travel Ban | Fox News

Health Secretary: Hospital Needed Better Oversight - ABC News

Fred Upton, R-Mich., chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Calling the response so far "unacceptable," Upton joined the growing call for the Obama administration to pursue "travel restrictions or bans from that region beginning today." Following a meeting with administration members coordinating the government's Ebola response, the president said late Thursday he was "not philosophically opposed" to a travel ban but experts had told him it would be less effective than current measures. In response to pressure to appoint an Ebola czar, he said it might be "appropriate" for him to name an additional person to head the government response. Earlier health officials continued to downplay the need for flight restrictions for flights to and from West Africa, arguing that officials still would have a difficult time tracking where travelers have been. Lawmakers' frustration on the issue showed through, with Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., firing off a string of questions at the end of the hearing about what conversations the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had had with the White House on travel bans. CDC Director Tom Frieden did not answer directly. The hearing to learn more comes as lawmakers, and the public, question whether the government is doing enough to contain the virus as two Texas hospital workers so far have tested positive for the virus after treating a Liberian man in Dallas. At least two lawmakers -- the latest being Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz.

patient with the disease. Burwell said the government is taking more steps to help prevent the spread of infection at the hospital, including more intensive training for workers and a 24-hour site manager to oversee how equipment is being put on and taken off. She sidestepped questions about whether she had complete confidence in Dallas' Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital and whether the two infected workers should be transferred to one of four specialized hospitals. "We will keep all options and considerations right now," she said. Burwell said the protocols now in place "are steps we know have worked over the years." Burwell's remarks Wednesday on NBC's "Today" echoed comments made Tuesday by Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Texas Department of State Health Services said Wednesday that a second health care worker at the Dallas hospital has tested positive for the disease. Anthony Fauci, director of the Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Wednesday: "What happened there (in Dallas), regardless of the reason, is not acceptable.
Health Secretary: Hospital Needed Better Oversight - ABC News

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