by Brian Hayes | Top Right News
Barack Obama is facing intensifying pressure to restrict travel from the Ebola “Hot Zone” in African to the United States, after a report that a patient with Ebola-like symptoms is being quarantined in a Washington, D.C. hospital.
The patient, who had traveled to Nigeria recently, is undergoing treatment at Howard University Hospital, a hospital spokesperson confirmed late Friday morning. NBC Washington reported:
That person has been admitted to the hospital in stable condition, and is being isolated. The medical team is working with the CDC and other authorities to monitor the patient’s condition.
“In an abundance of caution, we have activated the appropriate infection control protocols, including isolating the patient,” said hospital spokesperson Kerry-Ann Hamilton in a statement. “Our medical team continues to evaluate and monitor progress in close collaboration with the CDC and the Department of Health.”
Hamilton did not share further details about the patient, citing privacy reasons, but said the hospital will provide updates as warranted.
The D.C. Department of Health released a statement shortly before 1 p.m. Wednesday, saying that the department has been working with the CDC and Howard University Hospital to monitor “any patients displaying symptoms associated with the Ebola virus.”
The White House announced Friday that senior administration officials “will hold a briefing on the U.S. government’s response to the Ebola pandemic” at 3:30 p.m., NBC News reported.
As public health advocates had warned, the raging Ebola outbreak in West Africa has begun to affect the West.
Thursday, news broke that a freelance NBC cameraman covering the outbreak in Monrovia, Liberia had tested positive for Ebola after experiencing symptoms of the disease.
The cameraman, Ashoka Mukpo, had been working with chief medical correspondent Dr. Nancy Snyderman. NBC News is flying Mukpo and the entire team back to the U.S. so Mukpo can be treated and the team can be quarantined for 21 days.
Snyderman told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow that she and the rest of her crew have shown no signs of the disease and have taken precautions while covering the outbreak, including washing their hands with bleach.
Obama has been facing increasingly strong demands to restrict travel, after “Patient Zero” Thomas Eric Duncan knowingly traveled from Liberia to the United States with Ebola, and lied on his firms to conceal this fact. That the new patient just arrived from Nigeria — another critical “hot zone” source of the virus — will only intensify calls to halt travel.
White House spokesperson Josh Earnest said there would be no restrictions on flights or visa from people traveling from Ebola-zones. Earnest the chances of an epidemic in the U.S. are “incredibly low.”Earnest said that the screening done at African airports was “sufficient” to protect 310 million Americans from Ebola.
But as Top Right News reported, the only screening being done is with temporal scanners to detect fever — but those can be easily defeated by a determined, infected person, using simply Ibuprofen to temporarily reduce their body temperature.
We will report more details as they become available.