Over 3,500 passengers from Ebola affected nations have been allowed to enter the U.S. without any special screening since January 1, 2014, according to a leaked internal intelligence report from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Intelligence and Liaison exclusively obtained by Breitbart Texas. In addition, the individuals entered into at least 18 heavily populated U.S. cities across the nation.
The leaked report specifically reads, “According to CBP [Customs and Border Protection] data, since January 1, 2014 to June 30, 2014, a total of 3,566 passengers with a nexus to Guinea transited through or arrived at U.S. airports.” The term “nexus” refers to passengers who flew from the Ebola stricken nation to a second nation, and then from the second nation into the United States. Guinea is attributed as the nation of origin for the current Ebola outbreak.
The lack of any special processes or testing for individuals with a nexus to Ebola affected nations is illumined in the leaked internal report as well. It reads, “The Level 3 travel alert issued by the CDC on July 31st remains in effect as of August 13, 2014. The travel alert urges all US residents to avoid nonessential travel to Guinea. Although CBP is not doing any additional screening of passengers from the affected countries, CBP has enhanced their screening routine processes through guidance and training. Additionally, CDC is providing assistance with exit screening and communication efforts in West Africa to prevent sick travelers from boarding planes.”
The report indicates that the vast majority of the 3,566 of passengers with a nexus to the nation of origin for the current Ebola outbreak either deplaned in or traveled through New York City. Other cities include Atlanta, Chicago, Minneapolis, Seattle, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas, Miami, Cincinnati, Columbus, Pittsburg, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Fort Lauderdale, and Cleveland.
DC hospital reportedly monitoring possible Ebola case
A hospital in Washington, D.C., is monitoring a patient showing symptoms possibly associated with Ebola.
Both CNN and USA Today reported Friday that the patient had traveled to Nigeria and started showing symptoms upon returning.
The patient was listed in stable condition at Howard University Hospital.
USA Today quoted a hospital spokeswoman:
"In an abundance of caution, we have activated the appropriate infection control protocols, including isolating the patient. Our medical team continues to evaluate and monitor progress in close collaboration with the CDC and the Department of Health."
The report comes several days after a Liberian man fell ill with the disease in Texas. He has been isolated in a hospital in Dallas.
Health officials there are also monitoring as many as 100 people and have quarantined several with whom he came in contact as a precaution.
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Report: Inmate At Cobb County Jail Being Tested For Ebola
An inmate at the Cobb County Jail is reportedly being test for Ebola.
WSB-TV reports that the man told jail officials he recently traveled to Africa after developing a fever while in custody.
He was arrested overnight and charged with DUI.
The jail did stop accepting inmates for a time but that ban has been lifted, WGCL-TV reports.
The unnamed prisoner was transferred to another medical facility, according to WGCL.
The first Ebola diagnosis in the nation has raised concerns about whether the disease that has killed 3,300 people in West Africa could spread in the U.S. Federal health officials say they are confident they can keep it in check.
Texas health officials expanded their efforts to contain the virus, reaching out to as many as 100 people who may have had direct contact with Thomas Eric Duncan or someone close to him.