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US adds extra level of airport screening for Ebola

4 years 9 months 6 days ago Thursday, October 09 2014 Oct 9, 2014 October 09, 2014 8:05 AM October 09, 2014 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Lauran Neergard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Five major U.S. airports will soon begin an extra level of screening to try to catch any travelers from Ebola-ravaged countries who may be carrying the disease.

About 150 travelers a day will have their temperatures checked using no-touch thermometers, and Health officials expect false alarms from fevers due to malaria.

The extra screening probably wouldn't have found Thomas Eric Duncan when he arrived from Liberia last month without symptoms. Duncan, the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S., died Wednesday in Dallas.

The new airport screening will begin Saturday at New York's JFK International Airport and then expand to Washington Dulles and the international airports in Atlanta, Chicago and Newark, New Jersey.

The disease has killed at least 3,800 people in West Africa.

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