Stepped-up ebola screenings begin at JFK International Airport

Today, US officials began enhanced ebola screenings at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, the port of entry for roughly half of all travelers from West Africa. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced the new screening measures on Wednesday after Thomas Duncan, the first person to be diagnosed with ebola in the US, died from the disease. The decision comes in response to growing fears in the US public that ebola could easily spread into the country via international air travel. Duncan’s diagnosis in Dallas on September 30th after arrival from West Africa amplified those fears.

As part of the new protocol, travelers arriving from Liberia, Guinea, or Sierra Leone — the three nations at the epicenter of the outbreak —…

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