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USA's JFK Airport now screening passengers for Ebola

Published:Saturday | October 11, 2014 | 10:20 PM

JFK Airport in New York City became the first in the United States to start screening passengers for symptoms of the Ebola virus.



Other airports in Chicago, New Jersey, Washington and Atlanta are scheduled to begin screening passengers in the coming days.



Officials in New York say passengers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea will have their temperatures taken and questioned about their travel history before arriving in the US and whether they had been in contact with any Ebola victim.



A representative of the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will intervene and provide public health assessments in cases where passengers are running a fever or answer yes to any question.



The World Health Organization say the number of deaths attributed to the haemorrhagic fever has climbed to 4,033.



Four-thousand-and-twenty-four of those fatalities were in the West African nations of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.



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