October 19, 2014 3 Comments
Sent via email Sunday, October 19, 2014
Senator Marco Rubio
317 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington DC 205100001
Reference: Stop Commercial flights to the United States from West Africa
Dear Senator Rubio,
I read your comments on CNN Opinion on Wednesday and as much as I agree with you, temporarily denying visas is not enough. I am imploring you to take action in Congress to stop commercial flights to the United States from West Africa. Seventy percent (70%) of the people who contract Ebola die! There’s really no “silver bullet”, antidote or vaccine. Congress needs to demand the Obama administration ban air travel to this country from West Africa.
We really don’t know if Ebola is transmitted only by direct contact. The University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy published an article arguing that the current Ebola has “unclear modes of transmission”
Transmission rates in West Africa have risen, not diminished which is proof we do not have this disease under control, increasing the chances we will have travelers from West Africa, arriving in the US desperate for a cure. By January alone. By CDC estimates, Liberia will have 11,000 to 27,000 cases of Ebola. Why wouldn’t West Africans want to run from Ebola, or if infected come to the U.S. looking for a cure?
There are not enough “boots on the ground” to effectively fight Ebola in West Africa. Military or otherwise, we should offer volunteers significant hazardous pay duty to go to West Africa and put our best resources available there, like small transit care centers, construction of additional treatments centers supplies and training towards defeating Ebola.
Finally, what’s to stop jihadists from getting infected, flying to the U.S. before symptoms are apparent and exposing themselves to as many unsuspecting American citizens as possible? No security checkpoint is going to detect terrorist carrying Ebola, while dormant.
I greatly appreciate your time and prompt attention to this important matter. Thank you for serving Florida.
Concerned husband, father and employer
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