The federal government said travelers flying into Newark Liberty International Airport will be subject to health screenings starting next week in an effort to combat the spread of the Ebola virus.That includes taking passengers’ temperatures.
Multiple media reports Wednesday quoted federal officials as saying those traveling to the U.S. from the West African nations of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea will be screened via questionnaire and thermometer at five major airports:
- John F. Kennedy International in New York;
- Washington Dulles International Airport outside Washington, D.C.;
- Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta; and
- O’Hare International Airport in Chicago.
The New York Times reported that screenings could take place as soon as this weekend at Kennedy, with screenings at Newark and the other airports rolling out next week.
Details of how exactly the temperature screenings would be implemented remained under discussion at the White House and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Washington Post said. Last week, however, officials had resisted calls for the temperature-taking, the Times said.
In related news, the Liberian national diagnosed with Ebola and hospitalized in Dallas died Wednesday, CNN quoted Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital as reporting.
Thomas Eric Duncan had been in critical condition since his September diagnosis.
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