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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Will Israel screen travelers from the US too?

Shavua tov, u'Moadim l'Simcha, a good week and a good holiday to all of you.

The Netanyahu government decided on Sunday to screen travelers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea for Ebola.
"Israel is prepared to prevent the entry of Ebola patients into our borders as part of the sustained effort we are making to protect the borders," Netanyahu said during the meeting, Walla! reported.
"This is a global epidemic and we are cooperating with other countries. If Ebola patients do arrive within our borders, we are taking a number of steps to isolate patients, and of course to take care of them through our health system. We hope there will be no need for it, but we are prepared for any eventuality." 
Ben Gurion Airport manager Shmuel Zakai, who attended the hearing, said: "We are spreading a wide net at all border crossings to prevent the entry of passengers infected with Ebola." 
Health Ministry Director, Prof. Arnon Afek, noted that the health care system is carefully watching the spread of Ebola and is in contact with others experts throughout the world. "We are constantly improving our health system and our level of preparedness to address anyone with Ebola who may enter Israel."
The internal meeting came just 24 hours after a meeting with the Palestinian Authority (PA) to discuss ways of battling the epidemic.
In the meantime, the United States is screening travelers (Hat Tip: Memeorandum) arriving at five airports for Ebola, none of which is Dallas-Fort Worth International where a second case of Ebola has just been confirmed (Hat Tip: Bad Blue). This is from the original link.
Five airports in the United States - Kennedy Airport in New York, Newark, Washington Dulles Airport, Atlanta Airport, and Chicago O'Hare - are now carrying out health inspections and ordering arriving passengers to fill out a medical questionnaire created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
I wonder whether Israel is going to have to screen travelers from the US, particularly once the 3,000 troops Obama sent to Liberia to 'fight' Ebola (more than he sent to Iraq and Syria combined) return to the US. And I'm beginning to fear the plane change I have next month in Dallas-Fort Worth (only about an hour and a half on the ground there - will try to avoid any contact with body fluids, God Forbid).

What could go wrong?

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At 3:48 PM, Blogger Empress Trudy said...

Can you imagine the outcry if Israel has to quarantine someone? The UN/EU will scream that the Jews are erecting concentration camps.

At 10:37 PM, Blogger Lois Koenig said...

Carl, I am sure that Israel will indeed do the same, as Ebola seems to be spreading now in more and more countries. To be safe, inspections at Ben Gurion must be implemented. I am sure they will be ASAP, or already doing all that must be done.

I am actually very glad that we will not be travelling nor will any of our kids!

At 1:12 AM, Blogger Sunlight said...

Wouldn't it be logical for every airport to screen as many people as they can? By country traveled to and lots of randomness of everybody. From pretty much any country? It seems to me the infection is luck of the exposure in a mobile planet or luck of the individual's immune system. Leftist picking & choosing and handing out Waivers based on whatever favor... it will get many killed.

At 3:40 PM, Blogger ProfessorPelotard said...

Who has made the graphics? The boy is not suffering from Ebola but smallpox!!


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