Without exit screening, three Ebola-infected travelers will fly each month

October 21, 2014 7:14 AM

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Without exit screening, three Ebola-infected travelers will fly each month

In August, the World Health Organization's (WHO) declaration of a "public health emergency of international concern" (PHEIC) in response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa marked only the third time in the agency's history that such a declaration has been issued.

The reasons why the PHEIC was issued included the unprecedented scale and geographic range of the epidemic combined with the straining public health resources of the affected countries, the high fatality ratio and the international spread of the virus into Nigeria - Africa's most populated country.

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