Oct 17, 2014 8:18 AM
Scott Brown and Jeanne Shaheen split on Ebola travel ban
CONCORD [-] Senator Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH, and Republican rival Scott Brown parted company on the country's best response to threat of the Ebola virus from those who have lived or visited in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea.
Brown, a former Massachusetts senator, urged President Obama to impose a travel ban on those coming from these countries noting that they have been the cause of the three confirmed cases of the deadly virus.
"We are facing a public health emergency and early action now will protect Americans from the unnecessary risk of exposure to Ebola," Brown said.
Brown also called on President Obama to impose a temporary embargo on the issuance of visas to people traveling here from infected countries.
"I don't think at this stage that a travel ban makes sense."
Brown also wrote a letter to Gov. Maggie Hassan urging him to work with hospitals to ensure they are fully prepared but advised the state consider urging any affected patients to be spent to large hospitals more experienced with rare disease outbreaks.
"Other large specialized hospitals around the country may also be better equipped to handle Ebola patients than New Hampshire hospitals, Brown wrote. ``If one option is to transfer patients to those centers, we must have a formal plan in place to do so quickly and safely.''