U.S. to require tougher Ebola screening at airports: senator

Tue Oct 7, 2014 3:33pm EDT
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal health officials are preparing to require tougher Ebola screening at U.S. airports this week, Senator Chuck Schumer said on Tuesday.

The new measures may include screening air travelers for fever when they arrive in the United States from the worst-stricken countries in West Africa, on direct or indirect flights, Schumer said in a statement.

He said U.S. Centers for Disease Control Director Thomas Frieden told him the agency might adopt some of the recommendations Schumer had made on Ebola screening over the weekend.

Those included having the CDC and Customs and Border Protection conduct intense health screening of workers at U.S. ports of entry, noting that Liberia has the second largest cargo ship fleet in the world.

The New York Democrat also urged the Department of Homeland Security to create a database of people flying to and from West Africa, that would be shared with hospitals around the country.

(Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Sandra Maler)