Experts: Ebola testing at Logan not needed

Virus is only contagious when a person is showing symptoms

BOSTON (WWLP) – Governor Deval Patrick said this week that an Ebola scare in Massachusetts is highly unlikely and that the virus is very “hard to catch.”

“It’s important that folks be prepared. It transmits rather like HIV/AIDS.”

The Centers for Disease Control says the virus is only contagious when a person is showing symptoms. To be on the safe side, CDC staffers will screen passengers for signs of Ebola at five U.S. international airports.

Travelers arriving from countries hardest hit by the virus, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, will be checked for a fever and fill out a questionnaire. Logan International Airport in Boston was not chosen to screen for Ebola and experts say they can understand why.

(Do you think the state should start implementing these screenings?) “So we don’t receive any patients directly from West Africa into Logan, and so there really isn’t a need to do that,” said Medical Director of Emergency Preparedness at Massachusetts General Hospital Dr. Paul Biddinger.

Nearly 580,000 international travelers passed through Logan in August. The closest airport to conduct screenings is New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.

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