US health officials threaten to ban 8 measles patients from flights – as a politician demands vaccine checks from ALL foreign visitors before entering the US
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have warned eight Americans who are suspected of having measles against travel
- All eight have agreed to cancer their flights
- If measles patients attempt to fly, they can be placed on a & # 39; Do Not Board & # 39; list imposed by the Department of Homeland Security
- The executive of Rockland County, New York has asked President Trump to issue an executive order whereby all foreign visitors must prove that they have been vaccinated
US officials have threatened to place eight people suspected of being infected with measles under travel bans, the Washington Post found it.
The eight people – from New York, California, Illinois, Oklahoma and Washington – were warned that if they tried to travel, they could be placed on the Do not Board List of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
It is a rarely used and potentially controversial weapon against public health threats, but the director of the CDC's Global Migration and Quarantine Department, Dr. Martin Cetron, calls it & # 39; very effective & # 39 ;.
According to the Washington Post, the people involved agreed to cancel their flights, abort their travel plans, and respect the Do Not Board orders.
The CDC has warned eight US measles patients to cancel their flights or face placement on a Homeland Security-enforceable & # 39; Do Not Board List & # 39; (file)
The ongoing measles outbreak in the US has spread to 26 states in the United States – and officials are desperately trying to move forward.
Measles were considered eradicated in the US in 2000, but since then anti-vaccination sentiments have risen and more than a billion people have traveled to the US from other countries.
And some of them have carried measles, even introducing the disease into unvaccinated, very vulnerable populations here.
Do now Cetron and his department go out of their way to prevent infected Americans from spreading the disease throughout the country or beyond.
The Do Not Board List – which, more importantly, differs from the Do Not Fly List – was primarily used to curb tuberculosis outbreaks.
In a few earlier cases it was also applied to people with measles.
The list came into being in 2007, when a man with antibiotic-resistant tuberculosis ignored the advice of health officials, got on the plane and caused international panic.
It was reused in 2014 to prevent two travelers from traveling with likely measles infections.
Now it's back and eight names may also appear on the list if they don't pay attention to the CDC's warning.
The small, shared space, common surfaces, and recirculated air give an airplane favorable conditions for the transmission of diseases, although you are unlikely to be on a flight with an infected person.
If all else fails, the CDC works with airlines, federal and local officials to ensure that infected passengers do not fly.
In the unlikely event that they do not comply, the Department of Homeland Security may be requested to mediate.
A politician from the hard-hit Rockland County, New York, state administrator Ed Day, today re-established a state of emergency and called on President Trump to set a requirement for all foreign visitors to carry proof of their vaccinations.
If you do, logistical nightmares are likely to occur and the Do not Board list will probably serve as a measure until the measles outbreaks decrease.
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