Stopping Ebola; Health Measures being place at U.S. Airports

BRONX | NEW YORK – On the day, the first United States Ebola patients, Thomas Eric Duncan died at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Texas. The Federal Government, both CDC (Center for Disease Control) and Homeland Security detailed health screening measures it plan to placed at five_(5) of the country busiest airports. These five_(5) U.S. airports will take the necessary steps to help stop the Ebola outbreak. These five_(5) airports receive more than 94% of passengers from Ebola hot zones in Western Africa, that’s more than 190,000 people per day. The 5 airports includes:

  • John F. Kennedy International Airport – Queens, New York
  • Newark Liberty International Airport – Newark, New Jersey  
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport – Atlanta, Georgia
  • Chicago O’Hare International Airport – Chicago, Illinois  
  • Washington Dulles International Airport – Washington D.C Virginia Area

These five airports will start temperatures screening passengers arriving from Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and other countries in West Africa. Nurses at the airports will take arriving passengers temperatures. If a passenger temperatures is high enough to suspect Ebola, the passenger will then be transferred to a isolated area of the airport for more
testing. At New York John F. Kennedy International and Newark Liberty if a patient is suspected of having Ebola after further testing the patient will then be transported to New York Presbyterian Hospital, where they currently have isolation unites setup along with nurses and doctors ready to treat any patients suspected of having the Ebola virus.


Government Listed Specifics

Here’s what will happen after travelers’ passports are reviewed upon their arrival at any of these airports:

  • Travelers from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone will be escorted by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to an area of the airport set aside for screening.
  • Trained CBP staff will observe them for signs of illness, ask them a series of health and exposure questions and provide health information for Ebola and reminders to monitor themselves for symptoms. Trained medical staff will take their temperature with a non-contact thermometer.
  • If the travelers have fever, symptoms or the health questionnaire reveals possible Ebola exposure, they will be evaluated by a CDC quarantine station public health officer. The public health officer will again take a temperature reading and make a public health assessment. Travelers, who after this assessment, are determined to require further evaluation or monitoring will be referred to the appropriate public health authority.
  • Travelers from these countries who have neither symptoms/fever nor a known history of exposure will receive health information for self-monitoring.

JFK International Airport will implement the new screening measures this Saturday, while Washington Dulles, Newark, Chicago O’Hare, and Atlanta will begin the following week. CDC is also sending additional staff to these five airports.

“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 Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson. “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.”

Passengers will not only be health screening in the United States, passengers will also be screen before entering an aircraft bound for any destination out of the effected areas. The Feds also talk about this in the release document today

Since the beginning of August, 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. Which includes:

  • Assessing the capacity to conduct exit screening at international airports
  • Assisting countries with procuring supplies needed to conduct exit screening
  • Supporting with development of exit screening protocols
  • Developing tools such as posters, screening forms, and job-aids
  • Training staff on exit screening protocols and appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • All passengers leaving the affected countries are screened for Ebola symptoms before they leave. The exit screening process involves travelers responding to a travel health questionnaire, being visually assessed for potential illness, and having their body temperature measured.

These new security measures came on a day Thomas Eric Duncan, passed away after battling the Ebola virus for the past two_(2) weeks in Dallas, Texas. Mr Duncan was in his home country of Liberia before returning to the United States to his family, now another man, who came in contact with Mr. Duncan family, A sheriffs captain, who was rushed to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Texas earlier today. It is the same hospital on the same day that Mr Duncan died at. Officials, however said that, the sheriffs symptoms was mild and was taken to the ER as a precaution. The family of Thomas Eric Duncan is calling for the feds to do a proper investigation into Mr. Duncan death, as many may know that Mr Duncan had travel to the Emergency Room two_(2) days before returning back to the ER in server condition, Mr Duncan, has sustain server liver damage and was on dialysis. Mr. Duncan also had a complete floor to him-selves for server isolation. Over the pass two days Mr Duncan was coming around, his body temperature was normal, along with his liver damage. Mr. Duncan then past away, the Ebola virus was just too much for his body.

Thomas Eric Duncan
Thomas Eric Duncan

Delta Air Lines and South African Airways has direct flights to/from West Africa from both New York area airports, Delta also has flights to Western Africa from its Hub at Harts-field-Jackson in Atlanta. South African flies to/from South Africa to both Washington Dulles and New York-JFK. New York – JFK and Newark Liberty are major hub and traveling hot spot for passengers from Europe; Middle East and Africa. These 5 Airports play a major role to the United States Travel Industry. John F Kennedy has the most International Passengers arriving into the United States, Hartsfield-Jackson is the busiest Airport in the world in both passengers carried and traffic movement. Both Airport are Home to Delta Air Lines. Both Newark Liberty, Chicago O’Hare and Washington Dulles International airport for hubs for United Airlines.

Many people around the world are being effected by the Ebola crisis whether are not you know or knew someone from Africa or visited Africa in the past months, if you have a heart you know what am talking about. However if you visited any of the Ebola hot zones are Africa period, or if you knew/know someone who travel in the last couple of months whether to or from Africa are any other destination worldwide; you might want to know what to look for in terms of; what are the signs of Ebola:

Symptoms of Ebola include

  • Fever (greater than 38.6°C or 101.5°F)
  • Severe headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Weakness
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal (stomach) pain
  • Unexplained hemorrhage (bleeding or bruising)

Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to Ebola, but the average is 8 to 10 days.

Recovery from Ebola depends on good supportive clinical care and the patient’s immune response. People who recover from Ebola infection develop antibodies that last for at least 10 years.

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