- The Washington Times - Friday, October 17, 2014

Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday joined a chorus of politicians calling for a travel ban on passengers from West Africa, where Ebola has killed more than 4,000.

“Air travel is how this disease crosses borders, and it’s certainly how it got here to Texas,” Me. Perry said. “Based on recent and ongoing developments, I believe it is the right policy to ban air travel from countries that have been hit hardest by the Ebola outbreak, provided there’s an exception for aid workers to continue their important work fighting this disease.”

Mr. Perry said he informed the president of his position in a phone call.

The first Ebola case in America hit Texas, when a Liberian man flew to Dallas, tested positive for the virus and died days later. Two nurses who treated him have tested positive for Ebola.

Numerous lawmakers have called for a ban on elective travel to and from West Africa, although Obama administration officials fear sick persons will go underground and sneak into the U.S., making it difficult to track them.

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