Airline passengers arriving at five U.S. airports that receive most travelers from West Africa will face screening for Ebola symptoms as soon as this weekend, federal officials said.
JFK International Airport in New York City will be the first to implement the screening, beginning Saturday, according to a joint statement from the CDC and the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) division. Washington-Dulles, Chicago-O’Hare, Atlanta-Hartsfield, and Newark airports will commence screening some time next week.
“After passport review, travelers from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone will be escorted by CBP to an area of the airport set aside for screening,” the statement said. Trained staff will then “observe them for signs of illness, ask them a series of health and exposure questions and provide health information for Ebola and reminders to monitor themselves for symptoms.”
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