UK to introduce Ebola screening

UK to introduce Ebola screening

UK to introduce Ebola screening

Written by Staff Writer

10 Oct, 2014 | 9:01 am

Travellers arriving at Heathrow and Gatwick from west Africa are to be screened for symptoms of Ebola, Downing Street announced on Thursday night after a day of confusion over the government’s response to the virus that has claimed more than 3,800 lives.

People travelling from the worst-affected countries – Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea – will face a questionnaire about their recent travel history, who they have been in contact with and their onward travel arrangements.

Medical staff will be deployed to check some travellers’ body temperature to ascertain if they have fever, one of the early symptoms of the illness. Rail passengers arriving in Kent and London on the Eurostar from Paris and Brussels will also be screened.

Cases have already been reported in Spain and the US, where Thomas Eric Duncan died on Thursday after flying in from Liberia with the disease.

Washington has announced that travellers from the worst-hit countries will have their temperatures taken on arrival at five major airports in New York, Washington, Chicago and Atlanta.

The UK border measures will be introduced “in the coming days”, Downing Street said, and the announcement came despite the British defence secretary, Michael Fallon, saying earlier on Thursday that airport screening was not in line with World Health Organisation advice that screening for fevers or temperature is better conducted in the exit country.

-The Guardian

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