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No Flight Restrictions To America From West Africa Over Ebola Yet, Says U.S.

While three West African nations enforce the suspension of flights from Liberia, and Sierre Leone, as the Ebola virus spreads, the U.S. is taking a ‘wait and see’ approach as the crisis ‘shakes out.’

That is word out of Washington, as Jen Psaki, the U.S. State Department Spokeswoman told reporters Monday at the daily press briefing. The U.S. disclosure came during a lengthy question and answer session, observed by a SaharaReporters correspondent, which was one that covered a variety of international issues.

Under U.S. Law, the State Department is the agency that would suspend, or place, international flight restrictions in the event a major Trans-Atlantic outbreak of the Ebola virus. Psaki said that the State Department would first follow the lead, and recommendations of the Atlanta-based Center for Disease Control to place flight restrictions.

Psaki did not offer a comment of the recent decision by officials in Liberia to close-off most of their land border points.