How effective are airport Ebola screenings?

Passengers will have to fill out a questionnaire


BOSTON (WWLP) – Staffers from the Centers for Disease Control will begin Ebola screenings this weekend. 22News found out if simply taking one’s temperature is enough.

Five international airports will require travelers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea to be screened for signs of Ebola when they arrive. Passengers will have their temperature taken and fill out a questionnaire.

22News reached out to Paul Biddinger, the Director of Emergency Preparedness at Boston’s Mass-General Hospital, to find out if these precautions are an effective way to check for Ebola.

“Fever screenings are an excellent way to make sure someone who is ill, who might pose a risk to other passengers, doesn’t get on the airplane, doesn’t travel next to other passengers,” he said.

He added that it’s important to note that Ebola is only contagious when victims are showing symptoms, typically a fever. It could take anywhere from two to twenty-one days for signs of the virus to surface.

Passengers that don’t show signs at the airport will be asked to monitor their temperature and provide contact information.

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