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Ebola screening starts at U.S. airports

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

The U.S: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday that initially at five of America's biggest, busiest airports travelers will get special treatment.

airport-health-checkThese travelers will get special treatment, including having their temperature taken and answering questions about whether they've been exposed to anyone with Ebola. The idea is to stop anyone with warning signs from getting past the airport gates, and into the U.S. public, before they can possibly spread the virus any further.

It applies only to about 150 people a day, by CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden's estimate, arriving in the United States after having recently traveled from Ebolva-ravaged West African nations of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

U.S. officials will likely discover some people have fevers or have had contacts with Ebola sufferers, only to find out they don't have the virus. Someone can still unknowingly come to the United States and show no signs of it, since it can take up to 21 days for someone to feel sick. Plus, there are more ways than ever for people to cross communities, cross borders, cross oceans and spread a virus like Ebola.

The U.S. process for now will be in effect in only five airports -- where 94% of all travelers from West Africa enter the United States.

It will start Saturday at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, which has nearly half of all such passengers. The same thing will roll out next week at Dulles International Airport outside the nation's capital, Newark Liberty International Airport in northern New Jersey, O'Hare International Airport in Chicago and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

All passengers who fly from West Africa will be given information about how to monitor themselves for possible symptoms, will be asked to log their temperature daily and be asked to provide their contact information to authorities.

Source: CNN

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