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Passengers at Frontier gate at Hopkins now wearing masks http://t.co/kBn0hhZhQZ
Frontier customer service agents wearing gloves at Cleveland-Hopkins http://t.co/1EuF72wdLg http://t.co/zyV45OPS8z
People wearing face masks at Cleveland Hopkins airport. Says she's very scared to fly. #ebola #cle #cdc @WEWS http://t.co/fPQDMJ33Vo
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An airport worker wears a protective face mask in the arrivals area of the Los Angeles International Airport as the US announced increased passenger screenings against the Ebola Virus on October 9, 2014. Five United States airports (although not LAX) will step-up airport screening measures to look for passengers carrying Ebola, as the deadly virus killed a man in Texas and the worldwide toll neared 3,900. The spillover of the virus with the first diagnosis in United States and the first case of infection in Spain has raised fears of contagion in the West. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Customs and health officials at airports in Washington, Chicago, Atlanta and Newark, New Jersey, are scheduled to start taking the temperatures of passengers from three West African countries as part of a stepped up Ebola screening program.

Federal health officials say the entry screenings that start Thursday add another layer of protection to halt the spread of the Ebola virus that has killed thousands. Screeners will use no-touch thermometers to try to find passengers with fevers.

The screenings started at New York's Kennedy International Airport on Saturday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday that screenings will start Thursday at Washington Dulles, Chicago O'Hare, Newark's Liberty and Hartsfield-Jackson in Atlanta.

Customs officials say about 150 people travel daily from or through Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea to the United States. Nearly 95 percent of them land first at one of those five airports.


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