Sen. Rob Portman is urging President Obama to take more proactive measures to combat Ebola and he is urging Ohioans to stay calm after news the second nurse infected with the disease spent five days in the state.
"In situations like this, it is important to remain calm while also staying vigilant and aware of potential symptoms," said Portman. "I have spoken to Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and other officials regarding the situation in Cleveland. I have also communicated with the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Sylvia Burwell, to ensure the federal government is providing appropriate CDC and other assistance."
Portman, a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, says he has been pushing the Obama administration for weeks to do more to combat the disease.
"The latest troubling news regarding the Ebola crisis demonstrates why our government must be more proactive in the fight to prevent the spread of Ebola," said Portman. "I have been calling on the President to take such proactive measures for weeks and it's time for the Administration to act."
The president canceled a campaign trip today and is meeting with members of his cabinet to address Ebola concerns.
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