First Ebola Screenings Start at New York’s JFK Airport

Four Other Airports to Begin Screenings Next Week

By Jesse Sokolow on 11 October 2014
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Passengers in Terminal 1 at JFK

Passengers in Terminal 1 at JFK

Officials began screening select passengers for the Eula virus at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on Saturday.

Travelers from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, the three African countries hardest hit by the epidemic, are being segregated and subject to the screening.  The procedure includes taking the passenger’s body temperature and asking him to complete a questionnaire

Four other airports in the United States – Hartsfield-Jackson International, Newark Liberty International, O’Hare International, and Washington Dulles International – will begin conducting similar screenings next week, officials said.  Airports in Canada and some European nations plan to follow similar protocols in the coming week.

According to officials from the CDC, passengers arriving from any of the impacted countries will first receive a fact sheet outlining the signs and symptoms of Ebola.  The passenger will then be asked to complete a CDC questionnaire and medical staff will take the traveler’s body temperature and assess if it is within a “normal range.”

Passengers who have already gone through the additional screening told reporters it was not “burdensome” and was completed in less than 20 minutes.

On Friday, a group of NBC News employees including its chief medical correspondent were quarantined after arriving from Liberia after a cameraman tested positive for Ebola.

Ebola, a virus for which there is no vaccine, is transmitted only through bodily fluids and individuals are only contagious when symptomatic.

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