Amid Ebola fears, should the U.S. ban air travel from West Africa?

October 3, 2014 10:54 PM

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Amid Ebola fears, should the U.S. ban air travel from West Africa?

Despite concern about a domestic Ebola outbreak after the first diagnosis of the virus in the United States this week, senior officials with President Obama's administration on Friday brushed aside a proposed ban on air travel to and from West African countries affected by the virus, arguing the move would be counterproductive.

Lisa Monaco, a homeland security adviser to the president, said during a news conference Friday at the White House that such a step could actually "impede" the response to the epidemic that has claimed over 3,400 lives to date.

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