Walker asks federal government for travel ban

Gov. calls for commercial travel ban for West African countries affected by Ebola
Walker asks federal government for travel ban

As concern over the possibility of an Ebola outbreak grows, Gov. Scott Walker called on the federal government to institute a commercial travel ban for West African countries affected by Ebola.

Walker announced his call for the travel ban on Friday, along with other steps to prepare in case anyone in Wisconsin contracts the disease.

Walker said Friday morning in Middleton that he would confer with public health officials and health care providers Friday to hear their assessment and whether they believe a travel ban would be effective in preventing Ebola from entering Wisconsin. 

By Friday afternoon, Walker’s office said he’d directed state leaders to implement emergency preparedness measures to protect the public in the event that Ebola spread to Wisconsin, and that he was asking the federal government to ban commercial travel for affected West African countries.

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican, has also called for restricting travel and quarantines for people who have recently been in affected nations or exposed to Ebola patients.

Walker said he directed the state’s health officer to work with the head of the Wisconsin National Guard on protocols and procedures for treating people with Ebola. The governor is also calling on hospitals around the state to develop an advisory team to work with the state on an Ebola response plan.

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