France considers airport screening for Ebola

AP , Monday 13 Oct 2014

Ebola screening
A health official uses a thermometer on a passenger at the international airport in Lagos, Nigeria, October 8, 2014 (Photo: AP)

France is considering screening passengers arriving on flights from the West African countries hit hardest by the Ebola outbreak.

The French presidency said in a statement Monday that Francois Hollande discussed the possibility of starting screening passengers from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone during a phone call with U.S. President Barack Obama.

France will also accept a request by Guinean authorities to set up additional Ebola treatment centers, the presidency said. France is already building one such center in Guinea.

On Saturday U.S. customs and health officials began taking the temperatures of passengers arriving at New York's Kennedy International Airport from the three West African countries in a stepped-up effort to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus. The screening is to expand to four additional U.S. airports this week.


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