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Homeland Security orders new screening for Ebola

2 years 11 months 3 weeks ago Tuesday, October 21 2014 Oct 21, 2014 October 21, 2014 10:07 AM October 21, 2014 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Alicia A. Caldwell

WASHINGTON - The Homeland Security Department is requiring that anyone coming to the United States from one of three West African countries reporting an Ebola outbreak must enter the country through one of five airports screening passengers for the deadly disease.

Customs and Border Protection officers earlier this month started screening passengers from West Africa who arrived at New York's Kennedy, Newark Liberty, Washington's Dulles, Chicago's O'Hare and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta airports. There are no direct flights from West Africa to the United States and about 94 percent of the estimated 150 daily passengers from the region pass through those five airports.

The new requirement means that people traveling from Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea who were not originally passing through one of those five airports will have to rebook their flights.

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