Ebola Screening Starts at JFK Airport

Passengers from at-risk countries will have temperatures checked on arrival
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 11, 2014 10:25 AM CDT
A Moroccan health worker uses a thermometer to screen a passenger at the arrivals hall of the Mohammed V airport in Casablanca. Similar checks are starting at US airports.   (Abdeljalil Bounhar)

(Newser) – Customs and health officials today are starting a stepped-up Ebola screening program at New York's JFK Airport for passengers from three West African countries. Those arriving from Liberia, Sierra Leone, or Guinea will have their temperatures taken with no-touch thermometers. The screening effort will be expanded over the next week to four more airports: New Jersey's Newark Liberty, Washington Dulles, Chicago O'Hare, and Hartsfield-Jackson in Atlanta. (Medical records reveal that the Ebola patient who died in Texas had a fever of 103 the first time he visited the ER, but the hospital sent him home.)

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