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Airports Bolster Security To Prevent Ebola

The Department of Homeland Security is questioning travelers about possible Ebola exposure.


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Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee addresses travelers about Ebola risks at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

The George Bush Intercontinental Airport draws flights from around the globe. Travelers are subjected to screening by the Department of Homeland Security, but now they’re being questioned to see if they may have been exposed to Ebola.

If passengers exhibit any symptoms of the virus, they’re screened by the airport’s Centers for Disease Control unit, but the team was sent to Dallas after the first Ebola patient in the U.S. was diagnosed there.

Speaking in the international arrivals terminal, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee said Houston needs to step up screening efforts.

She wants to see additional CDC staff and equipment at Bush airport.

“We go where help is needed, but we also want to make sure that we are staffed,” Lee said.

Houstonian Sid Dhar listened to Lee’s remarks as he waited for his mother-in-law to arrive from India. Dhar says all the chatter about Ebola is confusing.

He questions whether the screening procedures are effective.

“It almost looks like what they have in place right now, which is basically screening to check whether people have temperatures or not, is not working in most cases.”

Congresswoman Lee says she’ll pitch the idea to fund additional CDC staff to the Department of Homeland Security.

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