Obama Orders Deployment of Ebola SWAT Teams
President Barack Obama is now ordering the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to deploy medical "SWAT teams" within 24 hours to any hospital reporting a new case of Ebola.
The move comes after revelations the CDC may have been too lax in its procedures, allowing a nurse who'd treated an infected patient to travel on an airplane.
"We are monitoring, supervising, overseeing in a much more aggressive way exactly what's taking place in Dallas initially and making sure that the lessons learned are then transmitted to hospitals and clinics all across the country," the president said.
Amber Joy Vinson, the second Dallas nurse to catch Ebola, treated Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who died at a Dallas hospital last week. She then flew to Cleveland to visit family and back to Dallas before she knew she had the disease.
Vinson contacted the CDC about her travel plans beforehand. The agency admits it was a mistake to give her permission to fly with a heightened temperature of more than 99 degrees.
Vinson is now in isolation at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.
"It's making you wonder, you know, is it safe to even, you know, to get on any of these planes going anywhere?" air traveler Joyce Walton said.
The CDC says the risk to the 132 passengers is extremely low. Nevertheless, air travelers are still uneasy and the country is nervous.
An ABC News-Washington Post poll shows 65 percent of Americans are concerned about an epidemic.
And a growing number of lawmakers are calling for the president to institute a travel ban to and from West Africa.
"A temporary ban on travel to the United States from countries afflicted with the virus is something that the president should absolutely consider," House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said.
Meanwhile on Capitol Hill Thursday, a senior executive from the Dallas hospital where Duncan died is apologizing for mistakes.
Also, many people are wondering why the man directing the air transfer of nurse Vinson was standing on the tarmac without protective clothing.
Meanwhile, the United Nations warns the world has 60 days to stop Ebola or it faces an "unprecedented situation," with the number of cases climbing as high as 10,000 per week. The death rate now stands at 70 percent.
The U.N. World Food Program also warns that if the Ebola outbreak continues to grow in coming months, it could cause a major food crisis.