Federal officials tightened screening measures at all airports on Wednesday, requiring agents to monitor arriving travelers for "general signs of illness." Travelers from West Africa would get their temperatures checked and answer questionnaires.
The Coast Guard, however, is not mandating screening for passengers and crew members arriving by sea. Instead, ships that docked at an Ebola hot spot in their past five port calls must answer a series of Ebola-related questions before entering a U.S. port, according to a notice on Monday from the Long Island Sound Coast Guard sector, which covers areas in New York and Connecticut.
But is this memo sufficient to prevent the risk of Ebola entering the U.S. via sailors? After all, more than 2,500 commercial ships with thousands of crew members enter and leave U.S. ports every day, according to the Coast Guard.