Homeland Security Orders Agents to Monitor Incoming Travelers for Ebola
The Homeland Security Department has ordered agents at airports and other ports of entry to observe everyone coming into the United States for potential signs of Ebola infection, officials said Wednesday. They did not provide immediate details or say what specific measures would be taken.
Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Customs and Border Protection agents are also handing out fact sheets to travelers with details of what symptoms to look for and directions to call a doctor if they become sick within 21 days.
Mayorkas did not elaborate on how they would observe people or say when the new measures would begin. He said agents would observe all travelers for “general signs of illness” at the points of entry. He spoke at an airport security conference in Northern Virginia on Wednesday.