North Carolina senator Kay Hagan said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is "giving us great guidance" on how to deal with Ebola virus infections here in the United States. The Democrat, who is up for reelection, praised the CDC and the World Health Organization in a Wednesday press conference in Charlotte.
"The CDC and the World Health Organization is certainly giving us great guidance, but we've got to make sure the implementation is perfect," said the first-term senator. Hagan also declined to endorse the policy of temporarily banning passengers from entering the U.S. if they're traveling from West African countries experiencing the Ebola outbreak.
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"That's not going to help solve this problem," said Hagan of the proposed ban. "That's not going to contain the epidemic that we see happening in Africa."
Hagan's Republican challenger, Thom Tillis, was among the first Senate candidates to publicly support such a ban, issuing a statement as early as October 2. “Keeping the American people safe must be our nation’s top priority, and the White House should immediately ban travel from from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea to contain the spread of Ebola," Tillis said in his statement. "It makes absolutely no sense to risk more cases of Ebola in the United States by continuing to allow travel from Ebola-inflicted countries.”