President Obama announced Monday, after meeting with top health and security officials about the Ebola outbreak in Africa, that the U.S. government is preparing additional measures to screen passengers in the U.S. and overseas as part of the expanding effort to contain the virus.
“We’re … going to be working on protocols to do additional passenger screening both at the source and here in the United States,” the president said.
Obama did not specify what exactly those measures would be. But two top U.S. health officials told Fox News earlier Monday that they were looking specifically at the issue of “entry screening” — or screening for passengers arriving from Ebola-stricken African nations.
Fauci said the president and his team are now looking at imposing an extra layer of screening — by instituting new measures at U.S. airports.
“That’s certainly open for discussion,” he said.
Dr. Tom Frieden, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, also confirmed that officials are “looking at those possibilities and others as well.”
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