10.27.14

Senator Burr: 'Actions must be based on the consistent application of science’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement:

“I certainly understand the difficult decisions Governors across our nation are facing and why they may have come to the conclusion that a 21-day mandatory quarantine might be needed.  These decisions are made that much more difficult in light of the constantly evolving guidance from CDC. Decisions on how best to stop the spread of this virus must be rooted in the science of how difficult it is for Ebola to be transmitted, and ultimately support a strategy that defeats Ebola overseas in West Africa.  It would be a mistake to take actions that would deter aid workers from going overseas to assist in the efforts to stop the spread of this deadly virus—which we must do in order to protect the American people. As we have seen with CDC’s constantly changing guidelines, we need certainty and consistency, not further confusion and inconsistencies. I hope that the Administration and individual Governors’ actions will be based on the science of Ebola and the risk posed by individuals returning from the hot zones."