White House

The White House insists the U.S. government is fully prepared to deal with the current outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa — even if that means quarantining sick passengers at airpots.

“We are in a position to ensure that public health is protected. If [U.S. Customs and Border Protection] officers do recognize an individual who appears to be exhibiting some of these symptoms, there are facilities at these ports of entry — at these airports — where these individuals can be quarantined and evaluated by medical personnel,” the White House’s press secretary, Josh Earnest, said during his daily media briefing.

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