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www.wvno.com - The CDC has warned airports to be vigilant about screening people for Ebola, but a spokesman for the National Border Council says the United States borders aren't being protected.

   
 
 
Concerns Over Lack Of Ebola Screening Along Border

Story By: Larry Stine

 

 

 
 
 
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The CDC has warned airports to be vigilant about screening people for Ebola, but a spokesman for the National Border Council says the United States borders aren't being protected. As the CDC and U.S. Customs and Border Protection look to our airports for the next case of Ebola, those on the front lines on the ground, are concerned no one is watching our border. "I'm not a medical physician I'm not medically trained to identify these things," says Gabe Pacheco, spokesman for the National Border Patrol Council. According to CBP, 94 percent of travelers from areas hardest hit with Ebola will arrive via plane, but the other six percent, say border patrol agents, will walk right through San Ysidro and Otay Mesa. "We have people crossing the border from different and various places around the world, coming in claiming political asylum or claiming credible fear," says Pacheco. In fact, sources inside the CBP tell Fox 5, they are overwhelmed with asylum seekers. Last week, they detained in the neighborhood of 300 people. They are equipped to handle 180 and no one is getting screened for Ebola. "I know we are getting overflow from the San Ysidro port of entry," says Pacheco. "Could some thing slip through? Absolutely. And we don't know what's coming across right now." The CBP issued this statement, saying their agents and border patrol have received training to identify Ebola and are equipped with proper protective gear. "That's an absolute lie, we haven't been trained," says Pacheco. "There are no protocols in place we haven't seen any protective equipment out here to be distributed. We have had anybody come and tell us these are the protocols you're going to be using."

   
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