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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Israel puts measures in place to stop entry of visitors with Ebola

Shana tova, a good year to all of you. And a reminder: The holiday of Simchat Torah is only one day here in Israel and therefore I'm allowed to be online tonight.

I just went through about an hour's worth of Twitter feed this evening and much of it is about Ebola and the Obama administration's ineffectual response to it (Hat Tip: Memeorandum). Here in Israel, the government is taking steps to ensure that people with the disease are not allowed to enter our country.
As the Ebola scare spreads worldwide, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued instructions Thursday evening for more stringent preventive measures at the entry points into Israel, including taking the body temperatures of visitors coming from areas badly hit by the disease.
A drill will be held at Ben-Gurion Friday morning, simulating the arrival of a passenger afflicted with the disease. The drill will deal with the the entire process, from questioning the visitor coming off the plane, to evacuation and hospital treatment.

Earlier this week, the prime minister convened a special meeting to discuss the spread of the deadly virus which has killed more than 4,490 people across the globe. The discussion concluded that Israel should focus on monitoring travelers arriving from the most heavily-affected areas: Liberia ,Guinea and Sierra Leone.

Nearly 9,000 cases of Ebola have been reported across West African nations as of October 12, according to the World Health Organization.

As for the situation outside of Africa - Spain and the United States have seen a handful of cases in their healthcare communities. 
And we don't have 150 passengers per day arriving from Liberia. Let's hope the US and Spain don't join that list.

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At 7:25 AM, Blogger Batya Medad said...

Isn't it late to catch them at Ben-Gurion Airport? The pre-flight check-in is the spot.


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