Politics & Government

Rep. Vern Buchanan calls for travel restrictions on those entering U.S. from Ebola-ravaged nations

WASHINGTON -- Republican Rep. Vern Buchanan is calling for the federal government to restrict the travel of people entering the U.S. from the countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea due to Ebola concerns.

“It makes sense for the government to conduct tighter screening of those trying to enter our country from Ebola-ravaged nations," Buchanan said in a release.

The Ebola outbreak is the worst in recorded history, infecting more than 7,400 people, according to a release. The World Health Organization reports that more than 3,400 have died from the epidemic.

The Center for Disease control has already warned U.S. citizens to avoid travel to those three Ebola-ravaged nations.

“We can keep Americans safe and show compassion by continuing to send in medical supplies to help African nations battling the deadly virus,” Buchanan said. “I hope the FAA and other government agencies are reviewing all available options to keep the outbreak from spreading in the United States.”