U.S. to Screen for Ebola at 5 Airports

By Paul Riegler on 8 October 2014
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Aircraft at JFK earlier this year.

Aircraft at JFK earlier this year.

U.S. officials said they would begin to screen passengers arriving from West Africa at five of the nation’s busiest airports in response to the deadly outbreak of Ebola.

Travelers arriving from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the three countries hardest hit by the epidemic, will be temperature screened at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport starting later this week.  Screenings at four other airports – Hartsfield-Jackson International, Newark Liberty International, O’Hare International, and Washington Dulles International – will begin next week, officials said.

Arriving passengers will have their temperatures checked and be required to complete a questionnaire about recent travel.

“We have developed and supported a stringent screening regimen, both at home and abroad, and we are constantly evaluating the effectiveness of these and other potential measures,” the White House said in a statement earlier this week.

In addition to the temperature screenings, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents have been trained to recognize some possible symptoms

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