By Associated Press - Saturday, October 18, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk has joined other Republicans in calling for a travel and visa ban on those attempting to travel to the U.S. from three Ebola-affected countries in Africa.

Kirk contends the public isn’t confident the Centers for Disease Control is ahead of the Ebola threat. The disease has killed more than 4,500 people in Africa. Three cases have been reported in the U.S.

President Obama has said he is not “philosophically opposed” to such a ban. However, a White House spokesman says such a move is not being considered.

Mike Leavitt is a former health secretary under President George W. Bush. He says he sees “lots of problems” with a travel ban. He says the Bush administration considered it to contain bird flu and concluded it wouldn’t work.

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