Gov. Rick Perry today used a news conference to announce the creation of a task force to formalize procedures for dealing with the appearance of infectious diseases like Ebola to demand that the federal government do more to prevent infected people from coming into the country, Newsradio 1200 WOAI reports.

  "Washington needs to take immediate steps to minimize the dangers of Ebola and other infectious diseases,"Perry said.  "To begin with, Customs officials and Border Patrol agents at all points of entry, should immediately be directed to conduct enhanced screening procedures, obtaining more information about people who are coming from affected areas and taking appropriate steps upon arrival."

  He said the feds should 'take the temperature' of travelers.

  "These much needed screening procedures will also necessitate fully staffed, prepared quarantine stations wherever people are entering the country, ready to care for anyone where screening turns up a concern, and helping to prevent congations from entering this country."

  Perry's task force will put together a plan to foresee issues related to infectious disease.

 "Over the past several days we have learned a lot about the unique challenges of situations like this, and it is important that we continue to adapt our responses to these activities," Perry said.  "This team will enhance our ability to quickly and effectively halt the spread of emerging infectious diseases of all types."

  Perry said the knowledge that Texas health officials have gained over the past week will come in handy for other states as well.

  "Incidents like this are certainly not limited to just Texas," he said.  "Unfortunately, they will likely happen elsewhere sooner or later."

  The idea of taking the temperature of large numbers of people arriving at an airport might not be as cumbersome as it sounds.

  Five Dallas School District elementary schools where people who may have had contact with Ebola patient Thomas Duncan today installed machines called 'Wellostations,' which can detect in a 'non invasive way' whether students are running a fever.

  Dr. Murray Cohen, who is medical adviser to the Wello Corporation, the Dallas based company that invented the device, says the devices are very useful in determining if individuals have a fever and are possible candidates for additional examinations.

  "Its a next level of protection for the kids, and hopefully the parents can gain a better confidence that the schools are doing everything plus to stop the spread of infection, especially of Ebola," Dr. Cohen tsaid.