Sen. Nelson: U.S. Needs Take-Charge Person To Handle Ebola Crisis

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) says that the latest developments involving health care workers in Dallas show the need for a more coordinated and better-managed response here at home.  

The U.S. needs one take-charge person in place to oversee the containment of and response to the threat of this serious infectious disease, Nelson's office stated in a release.

“If there’s a will, there’s a way,” Nelson said today during a press conference in Orlando.  “This person should be at least temporarily based in a White House war room with direct authority from the president - someone like former Surgeon General Richard Carmona, who has the requisite medical background and who served in that position under former president George W. Bush.”  

Finding that someone should be a priority, Nelson said.

In calling for such, Nelson is joining with a few of his colleagues in the Senate including Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain, who wants what he refers to as an Ebola czar.

Nelson was among the first elected officials to call for a travel ban on people coming into the U.S. from Ebola-affected regions.   Nelson represents Florida which is highly dependent on travel and tourism - two industries that are being hard hit by the Ebola crisis.


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