Sunport doesn’t plan on Ebola screenings

Sunport doesn't plan on additional Ebola screenings

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Health screenings have started at major airports to prevent the spread of Ebola.

According to national reports, smaller airports are now also taking extra precautions.

The effort to screen travelers from the three West African countries most affected by Ebola started this weekend at JFK in New York, and will expand to at least four more this week.

Here at the Sunport, officials say it has been discussed.

Sunport officials say Albuquerque does not have direct flights from countries with the deadly virus, so they’re not directly concerned.

You may recall the University of New Mexico Hospital had a possible Ebola patient in August who had returned from teaching in Sierra Leone. She ended up being cleared.

It was around that time that the Sunport discussed health precautions with the Centers for Disease Control and the Red Cross.

Sunport officials said Monday anyone coming from West africa will most likely travel through one of the five major airports where additional screenings will take place, so they don’t believe they need to do much more. The five major airports include JFK, Washington-Dulles, Newark, Chicago O’Hare, and Hartsfield-Jackson in Atlanta.

“It’s another layer of protection which will lower further the possibility of an Ebola effected individual making it into this country. It won’t make it zero, but it will provide substantial greater protection to people in America,” said Dr. Toby L. Merlin of the Centers for Disease Control.

Sunport officials said there is no plan to start additional screenings, but they can revise the plan if needed.


— Information from CDC, images from CIA World Fact Book.

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