DALLAS (AP) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry has joined calls for an air travel ban from countries hit the hardest by Ebola. Perry said Friday that air travel is how Ebola crosses borders and that’s how it arrived in Texas, so an air travel ban is the right policy.
A Texas hospital had the first person diagnosed with the virus in the U.S., after Thomas Eric Duncan traveled from Liberia. He died last week, and two nurses involved in his care have become infected.
Perry also says he’s asked President Barack Obama to have Ebola cases fast-tracked to facilities better able to deal with the disease.
Congressional Republicans are urging the Obama administration to impose a travel ban on West African countries at the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak.