Ebola: US To Begin Temperature Screening At Airports

Ebola: US To Begin Temperature Screening At Airports

By Pius Godsday | Politics Reporter on October 8, 2014
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Kenyan health officials take passengers' temperatures as they arrive at the Jommo Kenyatta International Airport on Aug. 14, 2014, in Nairobi. The World Health Organization classified Kenya as a high-risk area for transmission of the deadly Ebola virus. (Photo Credit: Simon Maina, AFP/Getty Images)

“Airports in the United States will begin taking the temperatures of arriving passengers who have flight itineraries originating from West African countries where Ebola is concentrated, according to an official with direct knowledge of the screenings,” CNN reports.

The screening which has been on-going in Nigerian airports since August is scheduled to begin this weekend or next week, a source told CNN.

The World Health Organization (WHO), in August, had urged countries affected with Ebola to “conduct exit screening at international airports, seaports and land crossings”, according to USA Today.

“Any person with an illness consistent with (Ebola) should not be allowed to travel unless the travel is part of an appropriate medical evacuation,” WHO said. “There should be no international travel of Ebola contacts or cases, unless the travel is part of an appropriate medical evacuation.”

This comes as the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the US, Liberian Thomas Eric Duncan dies this morning in a Dallas hospital.

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