Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport will be one of five airports in the nation to use a new tracking program to screen for the deadly Ebola virus starting this week, according to a report from our media affiliate CBS46.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection made the announcement Wednesday. JFK International Airport in New York City, Washington-Dulles, Newark and Chicago-O’Hare are the other airports where screening will take place.
“CBP personnel will continue to observe all travelers entering the United States for general overt signs of illnesses at all U.S. ports of entry and these expanded screening measures will provide an additional layer of protection to help ensure the risk of Ebola in the United States is minimized,” said Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas. “CBP, working closely with CDC, will continue to assess the risk of the spread of Ebola into the United States, and take additional measures, as necessary, to protect the American people.”
The CDC will send staff to each of the airports to assist with the screening.
The process will begin with a review of the traveler’s passport. Those traveling from the Ebola affected countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone will be taken to a special area for screening. Trained staff will look for symptoms, and ask questions about their health and exposure.