O'Hare International Airport to begin Ebola screenings

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CHICAGO - Officials at O'Hare International Airport say screening for the Ebola virus is set to begin on Thursday.

Customs and health officials at the Chicago airport have begun to take the temperatures of passengers arriving from three West African countries.  Screeners will use no-touch thermometers in order to find passengers with fevers.

Customs officials say approximately 150 people travel through Sierra Leone, Guinea, or Liberia every day, and that almost 95 percent of them first land at airports in Chicago, New York, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., and Newark.

According to federal health officials, these screenings add another layer of protection, and will help to halt the spread of the deadly virus.  However, officials say they expect false alarms from passengers who have a fever from other illnesses.

Health officials are also reminding people that Ebola is not contagious until symptoms begin.
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