If you’re traveling from a West African country to the United States, prepare to experience enhanced screening measures. Screening at certain U.S. airports will be enhanced in the wake of Ebola cases diagnosed on U.S. soil. The enhanced screening will start with five specific airports: John F. Kennedy International Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport, O’Hare International Airport, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport. More than 90 million international passengers flew to the U.S. last year most of which traveled through these five airports.
The enhanced measures will include taking temperatures, keeping an eye out for other symptoms and having travelers complete questionnaires. However, it is understood that the new measures will not eliminate the risk to American citizens. “We recognize that whatever we do, until the disease is controlled in Africa, we can’t get the risk to zero here”, says Thomas Frieden, Director of the Center for Disease Control. “We may be able to reduce it.”
Meanwhile, it has been reported that Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person ever diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. died in Texas this morning.