Obama: Not much margin for error in Ebola fight 2014-10-09
07:52 Washington — President Barack Obama calls it a "belt and
suspenders" approach, an extra level of screening at five major U.S. airports to try to catch any travelers from Ebola-ravaged countries who may be
carrying the disease.
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About 150 travelers a day will have their temperatures
checked using no-touch thermometers, and health officials expect false alarms
from fevers due to malaria. The extra screening likely wouldn't have singled
out Thomas Eric Duncan when he arrived from hard- hit Liberia last month,
because he had no symptoms while traveling. Duncan, the first person to be
diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S., died Wednesday in Dallas.
The disease has
killed at least 3 800 people in West Africa with no signs of abating. The presidents of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, the countries hardest hit
in the outbreak, are appealing to the World Bank for more help for their
nations. "What we're paying for now is our failure to have invested in
those countries before," said Francisco Ferreira, the World Bank's chief
economist for Africa. They had only minimal health facilities even before Ebola
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