Oct 11, 2014 11:04 AM

Stepped-up Ebola screening starting at NYC airport

The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) Customs and health officials are starting a stepped-up Ebola screening program at New York's Kennedy International Airport for passengers from three West African countries.

Officials said at a briefing at Kennedy on Saturday morning that arriving passengers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and 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.

Dr. Martin Cetron is director of the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine for the federal Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. He said the screening at U.S. airports is part of a multi-layered approach.

Cetron said all passengers leaving the three Ebola-ravaged countries are checked, "sometimes multiple times."


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