CDC chief on Ebola: We can’t shut the border

October 2014AFRICACDC Director Tom Frieden on Friday said restricting travel between the U.S. and West Africa would likely “backfire” and put Americans more at risk of contracting Ebola. Appearing on MSNBC, Frieden was asked about potentially prohibiting air travel between the U.S. and West Africa, where the Ebola outbreak is most widespread. He said that such a restriction would likely be ineffective and would make it harder for health officials to root out the virus. “The only way we’re going to get to zero risk is by stopping the outbreak at the source” in West Africa, Frieden said. “Even if we tried to close the border, it wouldn’t work,” the top health official added. “People have a right to return. People transiting through could come in. And it would backfire, because by isolating these countries, it’ll make it harder to help them, it will spread more there and we’d be more likely to be exposed here.” Frieden’s comments come as health officials continue to screen up to 100 people in Texas in connection with Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan, who is in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.
Duncan flew to the U.S. on September 19, but the CDC said that he was screened before his flight in Monrovia and showed no symptoms of Ebola. Health officials say his temperature was 97.3 degrees and that he was not contagious on the flight, meaning his fellow passengers were not at risk. While in Liberia, Duncan had contact with a woman who had the virus and carried her from a taxi, according to The New York Times. On Friday, Frieden said that airport screenings are reducing risks. “There are a lot of checks in place. It’s not perfect,” he said. In several interviews, including at a Thursday news briefing, the CDC director has expressed confidence that the health officials will be able to contain the spread of the virus in the U.S. On Thursday evening, NBC announced that a freelance journalist working in Liberia had contracted Ebola and quarantined himself on Wednesday. –Politico
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29 Responses to CDC chief on Ebola: We can’t shut the border

  1. Jacquie says:

    How can stopping flights to/from West Africa “backfire”? I don’t follow the logic?
    Common sense seems to indicate a reduction in exposure. Can someone clarify this for me?

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  2. jake says:

    I used to think maybe the cdc was just overwhelmed..now i have to wonder…
    If you keep a child with chickenpox home from school, yes you would be more likely to get it if you visit their home, but why would you visit their home? That still doesnt change the fact that the school is less vulnerable when kids with chickenpox are not allowed in..
    So can anyone tell me how isolating affected countries would “backfire?” I am just wondering, because the way I read that article, that statement makes no sense.

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  3. Paula Ferrell says:

    I have read this twice and I cannot wrap my mind around this explanation for not shutting the borders. It makes no sense.​

    On Fri, Oct 3, 2014 at 7:31 AM, The Extinction Protocol wrote:

    > The Extinction Protocol posted: ” October 2014 – AFRICA – CDC Director > Tom Frieden on Friday said restricting travel between the U.S. and West > Africa would likely “backfire” and put Americans more at risk of > contracting Ebola. Appearing on MSNBC, Frieden was asked about potentially > proh”

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    • Anne says:

      BRING IT ON IN !!! ??? That is ass backward. They really want us all dead. PRAY, PRAY AND PRAY! We have only 4 weeks to stop this Ebola here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  4. Rose G says:

    Sure why not block the borders. That would cause unrest between everyone and everything. Just let in everyone. No problem, because the CDC director and stage people have it all under control. Let us say this, “If you had everything under control then why does Duncan have Eboa; or is this another false flag?”

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  5. Richard says:

    well – he’s right…but the peaking of oil was to bring economic collapse anyway – this was it was “natural”. as Jay would say…could it be any other way? rocc

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  6. 1wanderingtruthseeker says:

    They are insane.

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  7. vinny says:

    See, this is strictly politics, it’s about votes. This guy should be forced to resign, if I have to rely on his information and action call the funeral home now. This is a democrat hack.

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  8. George says:

    Why do I get the felling that CDC Director Tom Frieden wants Ebola in America. Well he just may get his wish, just heard that they now have a patient in DC. Now watch what happens.

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  9. Tim says:

    Howard University hospital in Washington, D.C., confirmed Friday that it has admitted a patient — a recent traveler to Nigeria — who has symptoms that could be associated with Ebola.

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  10. Judy says:

    I for one do not believe this man is being honest with his opinion on this matter. We need to stop traffic from that area of the World until all passengers & goods have been contained, examined, and medically released for the complete length of time needed to be safe.

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  11. Joseph Sonny Skies says:

    After reading this; I did not know whether to laugh or cry..It made no sense to me but I am just an idiot!

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    • Anne says:

      IT IS DIABOLICAL INSANITY!!!! WHEN THEY SELL THEIR SOULS TO SATAN, THE PARADISE HE PROMSES THEM WILL BE A FREE FALL INTO HIS DOMAIN – THE FIRES OF HELL! IT WILL BE TOO LATE FOR THEM NO MATTER HOW THEY SCREAM AND BELLOW TO ESCAPE.
      HELL IS REAL, FOLKS. IT’S WHERE UNREPENTENT SINNERS LIVE THEIR ETERNITY. May God have mercy.

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  12. DJ says:

    It’s called quarantine! They have the power to deny travel visas, require full 21-day quarantine for anyone and everyone arriving from affected areas and they can limit those people to aid workers… should’ve been done months ago! All of that is completely reasonable and would certainly reduce the risk, if that’s what they’re after. Apparently it isn’t. The U.N. seems more concerned about commerce, U.N. just said “it’s very important not to isolate these countries” as it would worsen their political and economic situations. I’m no expert but I have common sense and I firmly believe it is more important to isolate the virus that could worsen those same situations for the entire world and kill many millions more.
    Maybe healthcare workers will get organized and make the right things happen… they need respirators, not facemasks, and we all need CDC to do their job.
    I agree with Dr. Gil Mobley, the CDC is Lying! “If they’re not lying, they are grossly incompetent,”
    We need more of this-> ‘Doctor dons Ebola protection suit to protest ‘asleep at the wheel’ CDC’ –
    http://www.ajc.com/news/news/doctor-boards-flight-in-ebola-protection-suit-to-p/nhZk8/?icmp=ajc_internallink_textlink_homepage
    Thank you for all you do here!

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  13. “Proverbs 17; 19: He who loves a quarrel loves sin; he who builds a high gate invites destruction.” Godspeed everyone, look yourself in the mirror and believe reality as if you were just a small child, just as instructed. Have faith; fear not. Find the narrow gate, see it, understand it, know it, and walk through it. What more can be said than that? There is no need to prepare, if you believe everything will be provided. Breathe, be fearless, love.

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  14. niebo says:

    Headline adjustment: “We WON’T Shut the Border”.

    “The only way we’re going to get to zero risk is by stopping the outbreak at the source.”

    And the only way to do that is . . . to ISOLATE it. This entire article is supposition and prediction (fiction) to justify a lie, some falsehoods, and some other crap. THEY DO NOT CARE.

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  15. stevenj says:

    How asinine – Restricting travel to the U.S. from countries hit hard by Ebola will backfire and assures that it will spread here? Got news for ya – It’s already here… And how’s it being handled in Dallas doesn’t give me a warm fuzzy… Too many mistakes being made, and their overconfidence is dangerous…

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  16. Mark T. says:

    That is the biggest load of crap I’ve ever heard. I can’t believe the chief of the CDC can go before the American people and just outright lie like that. He must take most of America for fools to think that restricting flights from West Africa would be ineffective in fighting the spread of Ebola. I guess in a way he’s waving the white flag of surrender. Its here now, no stopping it.

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  17. this is the stupidest thing I have heard.truly they are all insane!

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  18. aaronwt says:

    I think he’s saying by trying to completely restrict the travel that more people will find surreptitious routes into the US.

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    • Anne says:

      Aaron, that’s why countries have borders and border patrols. In our case, the borders remain open both north and south. This is a planned genocide of Americans. Plagues call for fasting and prayers – asking God to save our Nation once under God.

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      • lindeetotems says:

        Wake up americans! There s more than just you, in life.

        Btw … how much money do you make off death disease and war, eh?!

        Stop blaming it always on others and playing holier than thou.

        Get busy and clean up your own backyards … heaven is watching AND WE VE BEEN WARNED TO WAKE UP for a very long time.

        I guess the bell is ringing.

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  19. Yellow Bird says:

    “…Perchance he for whom this bell tolls may be so ill as that he knows not it
    tolls for him; and perchance I may think myself so much better than I am, as
    that they who are about me and see my state, may have caused it to toll for me,
    and I know not that…

    “And when she buries a man, that action concerns me. All mankind is of one author and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into
    a better language, and every chapter must be so translated. God employs several
    translators; some pieces are translated by age, some by sickness, some by war,
    some by justice; but God’s hand is in every translation, and his hand shall bind
    up all our scattered leaves again for that library where every book shall lie
    open to one another.

    “So this bell calls us all; but how much more me, who am brought so near the door by this sickness… Any man’s death diminishes me because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
    it tolls for thee. . . . ”

    from Meditation 17
    by John Donne

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    • lindeetotems says:

      Wow Yellowbird!

      Yes, mankind has asked to be purified and here we have it.

      Certainly lots of grieving involved, for both camps of man.

      Thank you

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      • Yellow Bird says:

        Yes, i do believe the first of the Woes has begun. and with ISIS, perhaps also the second.
        We are being called to Watch, to Witness, and to Mourn- history repeats, but now it is for the whole world and not one or two only.

        Yet here is our GREAT HOPE: that our Great Creator- Messiah- Redeemer-Shepherd King SHALL PREVAIL. The Days of Darkness will NOT be Forever- Those that are the Darkened Ones will ultimately fall to ruin and all evil be removed from existence. Though the ugliness has its moment of hideous glory, HE That Is The LIGHT OF THE WORLD will return to conquer the Darkness and forever cast away that Hideous Thing which has so poisoned HIS perfect Creation. Praise YHWH Almighty and His Son Y’shua Ha’Moshiach!

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