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White House petition urges FAA ban from Ebola-stricken countries

A petition on the website We the People requests the FAA ban flights from Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa. (Source: We The People website) A petition on the website We the People requests the FAA ban flights from Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa. (Source: We The People website)
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(RNN) - With the spread of Ebola throughout several African countries and a diagnosis on U.S. soil, some Americans are urging for a travel stoppage from those countries to the United States.

A petition posted on Oct. 1 to the White House website We the People is asking the Obama administration to have the Federal Aviation Administration to "ban all incoming and outgoing flights to Ebola-stricken countries until the Ebola outbreak is contained."

"The Ebola virus has reached unprecedented epidemic proportions in West Africa," the petition reads. "The citizens of the U.S. are scared. We do not want any more Ebola-infected individuals bringing the epidemic to our shores."

So far, only 1,275 people have signed the petition. The petition needs at least 100,000 signatures by Oct. 31 to garner a response from the White House.

The United States currently has not stopped direct flights from West Africa, nor have they stopped passengers who travel from connector flights from Europe from entering the country. U.S. Quarantined Stations, under the direction of the CDC, have set up stations at major airports in the U.S.

Front Page Africa reports that flights will resume to the countries where Ebola is prevalent on Oct. 24 from other busy African airports within the continent.

The FAA said in a press release Friday that they will work closely with the Centers for Disease Control and the rest of the aviation community "on issues of public health and disease awareness, when appropriate."

"The FAA is working with the CDC which has developed guidance for airline crews, cleaning and cargo personnel, and air medical transport," the FAA said. "The CDC's notices and guidelines are well publicized. U.S. airlines have CDC's guidance and have been sharing the information with their crews. The FAA will continue to work collaboratively with the U.S. aviation industry and public health authorities."

Ebola has reached epidemic levels in Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, and a concurrent epidemic is also happening in the Republic of Congo.

The CDC says that if current trends continue, the estimates for positive Ebola tests in Liberia and Sierra Leone alone will have approximately 8,000 cases.

On Sept. 30, Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan, was hospitalized in Dallas, becoming the first person to test positive for Ebola on U.S. soil. 

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