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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on Oct 28, 2014

The global Ebola outbreak is likely to influence US travel restrictions after the first person to contract the deadly disease was identified in October. A nurse tested positive for the disease after was investigators deemed ‘extensive contact’ with an Ebola patient.

In order to prevent a similar epidemic from occurring domestically, significant travel restrictions appear imminent. Earlier this month, federal health officials announced that they would launch a new campaign to begin fever screenings throughout five major US airports.

These screenings will be levied onto all future passengers from countries such as Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea – the countries most ravaged by Ebola. This measure will mark the first widespread, Ebola-related restriction applied to US travelers.

Critics believe the measure was not implemented soon enough. The fever screenings occurred nearly three weeks after a Liberian national Thoman Eric Duncan landed in Dallas, the first person to unknowingly introduce the Ebola virus in America. Many fear Duncan had potentially dangerous contact with other individuals during that time.

Do the fever screenings go far enough to limit the danger? Some Cambridge researchers argue the change isn’t nearly dramatic enough to curb Ebola outright. An argument has been made that travel from affected countries should be restricted altogether.

Researchers such as Yaneer Bar-Yam, whom leads the New England Complex Systems Institute, does not believe that Ebola poses a threat to the sum of humanity. Despite his optimism, he believes that a global embargo should be placed upon heavily affected nations in order to contain the disease.

Bar-Yam notes, “Severe pathogens … can be stopped by the very fact that they’re destructive. If they kill off their host, whatever’s going to happen is going to happen locally.” To put it simply, and however bleakly, Ebola runs out of hosts when it is isolated and has no access to cross oceans.