Newark Airport One of Five US Airports to Implement Enhanced Ebola Screening for All People Entering US From Ebola-Affected Countries
NEWARK, NJ - Beginning this coming week, Newark Airport will be one of five airports which will be implementing new layers of screening to determine if any arriving passengers have been exposed to the Ebola Virus.
Airports with Enhanced Ebola Screening
The following five airports will be implementing enhanced Ebola screening because more than 94% of West African travelers arrive in the US through their locations:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs & Border Protection (CBP) will oversee the screenings for passengers arriving from the Ebola-affected nations of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.
West African Outbound Screening
Before passengers are allowed to board airplanes in the Ebola-affected nations, they are asked to respond to a travel health questionnaire assessing their likely exposure to the virus and they are also visually assessed for potential illness while their body temperature is taken.
Since August when exit screening began in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, of the 36,000 people who were screened, 77 of them were denied fight-boarding due to health concerns. However, none of the 77 passengers were diagnosed with Ebola but were instead diagnosed with malaria, a disease common in West Africa, transmitted by mosquitoes and not contagious from one person to another.
Exit screening at airports in countries affected by Ebola remains the principal means of keeping travelers from spreading Ebola to other nations. All three of these nations continue to receive CDC assistance in strengthening their exit screening.
“We work to continuously increase the safety of Americans,”
The CDC is sending additional staff to each of the five airports. After passport review will occur:
“Homeland Security personnel will continue to observe all travelers
World Ebola Screening
The CDC reports that US entry screening is part of a layered process that includes international exit screening and standard public health practices such as patient isolation and contact tracing in countries with Ebola outbreaks. Successful containment of the recent Ebola outbreak in Nigeria demonstrates the effectiveness of this approach. The CDC has worked closely with West African authorities to implement these measures.
Since the beginning of August, the CDC has been working with airlines, airports, ministries of health, and other partners to provide technical assistance for the development of exit screening and travel restrictions in countries affected by Ebola. This includes: