Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

CDC Releases Revised Ebola Gear Guidelines; Only 5 U.S. Airports Will Accept, Screen Travelers from Affected Nations

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

CDC Releases Revised Ebola Gear Guidelines; Only 5 U.S. Airports Will Accept, Screen Travelers from Affected Nations

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ATLANTA * The government announced Tuesday 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 potential Ebola infection.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Tuesday 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 if necessary.

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 administration of President Barack Obama halt all travel from West Africa.

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 Tuesday at a massive training at New York City's Javits Center.

Earlier CDC guidelines had been modeled on how Ebola patients in Africa were treated, though that tends to be less intensive care done in rougher settings such a tents. …

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