|New York’s JFK is the first US airport to begin Ebola screening for passengers arriving from West Africa|
Ebola screening has begun at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport as new measures have been put in place to prevent the disease from spreading in the US.
Passengers from the three worst affected West African countries, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, are being subjected to checks by health workers using questionnaires and temperature guns.
JFK is reportedly the first US airport to begin the screening after an infected Liberian man, Thomas Duncan arrived in Texas on September 20 and died of the disease on October 8.
The screenings are being conducted by the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP), under direction of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Ebola has claimed more than 4000 lives in West Africa and the World Health Organization has said that the outbreak is entrenched and accelerating.