Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

CDC Releases Revised Ebola Gear Guidelines

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

CDC Releases Revised Ebola Gear Guidelines

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ATLANTA - The government announced today that everyone traveling to the United States from Ebola-afflicted African nations will have to be screened at one of five airports, as officials took to the road with new guidelines to promote head-to-toe protection for health workers who might be at risk of contracting the disease.

Customs and Border Protection officers at New York's Kennedy, Newark Liberty, Washington's Dulles, Chicago's O'Hare and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta airports had already started screening people arriving from West Africa, using no-touch thermometers to determine if travelers have a temperature, a symptom of a possible Ebola infection.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said today that now everyone traveling from Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea will have to land in the U.S. at one of the five airports and then fly on to their destination.

About 94 percent of the roughly 150 people traveling daily from West Africa to the U.S. arrive at the one of the five airports.

The move falls short of meeting demands by some elected officials that the Obama administration halt all travel from West Africa. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., described the action as an "added layer of protection against Ebola entering our country."

It comes as the Centers for Disease Control worked to spread the word about its new protective guidelines. The advice, released Monday night, had been avidly sought by health workers after two Dallas nurses became infected while caring for the first person diagnosed with the virus in the United States.

It's not clear exactly how they became infected, but clearly there was some kind of problem, CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said.

"The bottom line is the guidelines didn't work for that hospital," he said.

CDC officials demonstrated the recommended techniques today at a massive training at New York City's Javits Center. …

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