Better Safe Than Sorry: President Obama Orders Ebola Screening At 5 Major Airports

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Obama Mandates Ebola Screening At Major American Airport Hubs

Via ABCNews

The government will begin taking the temperatures of travelers from West Africa arriving at five U.S. airports as part of a stepped-up response to the Ebola epidemic.

President Barack Obama said the new efforts would provide yet another tier of protection at key U.S. points of entry.

“These measures are really just belt-and-suspenders — it’s an added layer of protection on top of the procedures already in place at several airports,” Obama told state and local officials in a teleconference call Wednesday.

However, the focus is still on stopping the epidemic in West Africa, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Thomas Frieden, said in Atlanta.

“As long as Ebola continues to spread in Africa, we can’t make the risk zero, here,” he said.

At the White House, spokesman Josh Earnest said the additional layer of screening would begin at New York’s JFK International and the international airports in Newark, Washington Dulles, Chicago and Atlanta. He said the new steps would include taking temperatures and would begin Saturday at JFK.

Frieden said temperatures would be taken with a device that would avoid direct contact with the travelers.

Not sure how much this is going to help being that ebola can take up to 21 days to incubate, but we’re all for taking precautions against it’s spread.

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