EU to strengthen Ebola screening

EU to strengthen Ebola screening

The European Union has promised to reinforce passenger screening for Ebola at airports in the hardest-hit West African nations and coordinate a common approach for the deadly virus at EU entry points.

EU health chief Tonio Borg said the World Health Organisation and the EU will look into “conflicting reports” about whether the screening in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea is good enough.

If lapses are evident, Mr Borg said international measures will be taken to strengthen the controls.

At an emergency meeting of EU health ministers, the 28 nations also vowed to improve coordinated action at entry points in European airports.

Some nations now have Ebola entry checks, while others do not.

France will begin screening airline passengers for Ebola on Saturday at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport.

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