Congressman Tim Ryan Joins Ohio Congressional Delegation in Urging CDC to Provide Ebola Related Support to Ohio

Oct 20, 2014 Issues: Health and Wellness

Akron, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan joined the Ohio House of Representatives Delegation today to urge the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to provide any and all necessary support to the State of Ohio to determine potential Ebola exposure and risk after one of the Dallas nurses that tested positive for Ebola recently visited her family in Northeast, Ohio.

“I call on the CDC to do everything in its power to ensure that any potential Ebola exposure and risk in Ohio is properly addressed and our State has every resource available to keep our community safe and secure,” said Congressman Ryan.  

Congressman Tim Ryan and the Ohio Congressional Delegation sent the following letter today to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention:

October 16, 2014 

Director Frieden
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30329

Director Friedan,

The current Ebola epidemic in West Africa, and its subsequent arrival in the United States, has become a source of anxiety for many Americans. Over the past week, Ohioans in particular grew concerned about potential exposure to the virus when it was discovered that a nurse caring for an Ebola patient travelled within the state before subsequently testing positive for the virus.

As elected Representatives of the people of Ohio, our primary concern is the health and safety of those we represent. It is our understanding that the Ohio Department of Health and the Governor’s office are working to ensure effective protocols are in place and medical professionals are prepared should any resident of Ohio present symptoms of Ebola. We also understand that strict quarantine procedures have been designed by the Ohio Department of Health that would effectively prevent the spread of the disease if it is found in the State. We are encouraged by these proactive steps and hope that they ultimately prove unnecessary.

We write today to ask that the CDC provide any and all necessary support to the state of Ohio in determining any potential exposure, identifying those most at risk, and if necessary, containing and treating anyone that may have come in contact with the Ebola virus. We further ask for an explanation of the policies which allowed a direct caregiver to an infected person to travel to Ohio and what changes have been made to ensure the same does not happen in the future. Finally, we ask that the CDC keep all options for containment in mind moving forward, including travel screenings and restrictions, if appropriate.

We appreciate the effort being put forward to effectively prevent widespread exposure by federal, state, and local entities and will continue to monitor the effect of the Ebola virus on the people of Ohio and the rest of the country.

Sincerely,

Representative Steve Chabot (R - 01)
Representative Brad Wenstrup (R - 02)
Representative Joyce Beatty (D - 03)
Representative Jim Jordan (R - 04)
Representative Bob Latta (R - 05)
Representative Bill Johnson (R - 06)
Representative Bob Gibbs (R - 07)
Speaker of the House of Representatives John A. Boehner (R - 08)
Representative Marcy Kaptur (D - 09)
Representative Michael R. Turner (R - 10)
Representative Marcia L. Fudge (D - 11)
Representative Patrick J. Tiberi (R - 12)
Representative Tim Ryan (D - 13)
Representative Dave Joyce (R - 14)
Representative Steve Stivers (R - 15)
Representative James B. Renacci (R - 16)