Published On: Thu, Oct 9th, 2014

New Ebola screening measurements at U.S international airports

Ebola virusWith the U.S first Ebola death case, fears and concerns over this deadly virus spread worldwide.

According to WHO 7,400 people have contracted Ebola in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia and based on the European commission there are 8 confirmed cases in Europe, one in the UK, one in France where both are being treated, 2 in Germany, 3 in Spain where 2 are already dead, and one Norwegian staffer working for Doctors without borders whose being treated as well ,and lately the Australian red cross has confirmed that one of their aid workers is under observation after returning from west Africa.

CDC (center of disease control and prevention) stated that a ban of travel to West Africa will not solve the problem of Ebola spread, president Obama considered Ebola a national security threat, and in the mean time new measures in 5 U.S international airports will soon take place, New York’s JFK, Newark, Chicago, Washington Dulles and Atlanta, will screen for people possibly carrying Ebola virus, this will include taking passengers’ temperature using the laser thermometer, and handing them questionnaire about their flight history, ”do not board” will be added for planes, guidance and information about the virus will be distributed to airlines to raise awareness, and travelers will be provided with health notices specially those entering the U.S from affected areas.

As a reminder, Ebola is a deadly disease, it kills cells making them explode, wrecks the immune system, causes heavy bleeding inside the body, it can only be contagious after showing symptoms , like high fever, severe headache, muscle pain, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain and unexplained bleeding or bruising, once can get infected by fluids transmission through the mouth, eyes, nose, genitals, a break in the skin or from items that have fluids on them like needles and sheets, even after death it can be transmitted through body fluids in case of direct contact, there is no clear evidence till now that it might be airborne, although according to CDC a low risk exposure might include a casual contact with an Ebola patient being within approximately 3 feet away or inside the same room or care area with no protective equipments !!

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