CDC to announce new Ebola screening measures

CDC: Looking at screening process for airlines
CDC: Looking at screening process for airlines   

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plans to announce additional protocols for screening for Ebola at airports, according to the head of the agency.

These plans are not yet finalized, said CDC Director Tom Frieden, but there are teams "working very intensively" on developing an appropriate response.

"I can assure you that we will be taking additional steps," Frieden said at a Tuesday afternoon media briefing, explaining that an announcement will be made in "coming days." The CDC director said these measures could involve identifying people who come from West African nations via indirect flights.

Frieden emphasized that CDC-trained personnel have already screened roughly 36,000 individuals at West African airports over the past two months.

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As for the Ebola case in Dallas, the CDC director said the most recent figures indicate that there are 10 definite patient contacts and 38 possible contacts all being monitored—none have so far developed fevers or any symptoms, he said.

Combating Ebola threat
Combating Ebola threat   

Earlier on Tuesday, the head of U.S. Africa Command said the fight against Ebola in West Africa will cost the country about $750 million over six months.

Gen. David Rodriguez, who briefed the media at the Pentagon on details of the ongoing operations to fight the deadly disease in Liberia, said almost 4,000 people have been approved for the operations.

He explained that few American service personnel would be coming into contact with possible Ebola patients. The three or four highly trained individuals who operate the U.S. mobile medical labs are expected to be the primary members of the force who will come into contact with Ebola patients or samples, he said. Three labs are currently deployed.

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The general said service members may come into contact with contractors and Liberian armed forces, but that there would be daily screenings for traces of the virus.

The Pentagon is "confident we can ensure our service members' safety and the safety of the American people," Rodriguez said.

Red Cross workers carry away a person suspected of dying from Ebola, in the Liberian capital Monrovia, on Oct. 4, 2014.
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Red Cross workers carry away a person suspected of dying from Ebola, in the Liberian capital Monrovia, on Oct. 4, 2014.