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US steps up screening at major airports

Published:Friday | October 10, 2014 | 12:00 AM

WASHINGTON (AP): President Barack Obama calls it a "belt and suspenders" approach - an extra level of screening at five major United States airports to try to catch any travellers from Ebola-ravaged countries who may be carrying the disease.

About 150 travellers per day will have their temperatures checked using no-touch thermometers, and health officials expect false alarms from fevers due to malaria.

The extra screening probably would not have singled out Thomas Eric Duncan when he arrived from hard-hit Liberia last month, because he had no symptoms while travelling. Duncan, the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the US, died Wednesday in Dallas.

The disease has killed at least 3,800 people in West Africa, with no signs of abating.