New Ebola Precautions May be Taken at Airports

When the nation heard the news of Ebola in the U.S., it raised red flags about international flights and U.S. medical response. Two patients in the U.S. are now being treated for Ebola.

Thomas Duncan started showing Ebola symptoms just days after traveling from Liberia to Dallas, Texas, and U.S. photographer, Ashoka Mukpo, contracted Ebola while working for NBC, also in Liberia.

The U.S. is deploying 3,600 troops to build hospitals and train health workers in Liberia and President Obama is now considering additional precautions at airports, the main entryway for Ebola into the U.S. Obama says, "To do additional passenger screening both at the source and here in the United States."

Additional questionnaires or testing for flyers who potentially have Ebola could add additional delays to already long wait times in airports, but many flyers say it would be worth it to ensure their safety. Charles Matthews, a passenger at the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, says, "When they started these new x-ray machines, you had to wait longer, but if it’s for the safety of Americans, whether you be born here in America or American born from some other place, yeah I think it’s worth the wait."

As of now, the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport tells News 25 they are not taking any additional precautions. Ebola has an incubation period of up to 21 days, meaning someone infected with Ebola may not show symptoms for three weeks, but additional testing or questions may help catch symptoms early. David Powers, another passenger at the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, says, "No one likes to wait in line, but at the end of the day, everyone wants to be safe, and I think a lot of people have concerns around the air quality on airplanes."

The federal government will continue to monitor Ebola in the U.S. and make final decisions about passenger testing later this month. If you want to share questions or concerns with the Centers for Disease Control, they are holding a Q&A session on Twitter at 3 p.m. Wednesday. Use #CDCchat to participate.

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