Updated 24 October 2014

New York Ebola victim fooled 'enhanced' airport screening

Dr. Craig Spencer went through the new, supposedly-enhanced, screening procedures at JFK airport without being picked up.


The doctor who has been diagnosed with Ebola in New York City arrived at John F. Kennedy International airport on 17 October and went through the improved screening for travellers from the three worst-hit West African countries, officials said on Thursday.

The U.S. Centres for Disease Control (CDC) said the patient, who had worked with Ebola patients in Guinea, "participated in the enhanced screening for all returning travelers from these countries" upon his arrival at JFK.

Read: Airport screening essential for curbing spread of Ebola

This referred to special screening introduced earlier this month at five major U.S. airports – including JFK – for travellers coming from the three countries in West Africa worst hit by Ebola: Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

The doctor "went through multiple layers of screening and did not have a fever or other symptoms of illness," the CDC added in a statement. The CDC did not name the patient, but he was identified by other officials as Dr. Craig Spencer.

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