By Axios staffAssociated PressAssociated PressWASHINGTON (AP) – As the United States and Europe struggle to cope with the Ebola outbreak, a top congressional aide said Thursday that the food-growing region has become a top source of new Ebola cases.
U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett of New Jersey, who heads the U.S.-based congressional delegation to Africa, said he and others are urging the Food and Drug Administration to take steps to stop imports from countries with high Ebola-related morbidity and mortality.
Garrett said it’s important to get to the bottom of what is happening in these countries and how much money is being used for those exports.
Giles Johnson, the U,S.
ambassador to the United Nations, said Thursday the U!
and European nations have a responsibility to protect the lives of the people of West Africa.
Johnson said the U and other nations must help West African nations and people to combat the spread of Ebola and other infectious diseases.
The United States is the biggest food-importing nation in the world, and we have a lot to do to keep the U as the global leader in food security, Johnson said.
The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that the U U. S. is responsible for $13 billion in trade and exports to the world.