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Ebola: 3 infected people could travel overseas from West Africa monthly, study projects




Passengers from three West African countries will face screening for Ebola symptoms when they arrive at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. Travelers are seen here at a JFK checkpoint earlier this week. Four other airports will begin screening next week.
Passengers from three West African countries will face screening for Ebola symptoms when they arrive at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. Travelers are seen here at a JFK checkpoint earlier this week. Four other airports will begin screening next week.
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Clamping down on travelers from West Africa is a key strategy in stopping the killer virus in its tracks. Recent travel restrictions state that if you're planning a trip to the U.S. from Sierra Leone, Guinea or Liberia, you can only pass through one of five airports. 

Passengers will be screened at Kennedy International in New York, Newark Liberty International, Washington Dulles International, O’Hare International in Chicago, and Hartsfield-Jackson International in Atlanta. And if some politicians had their way, you wouldn't be allowed to travel stateside from an Ebola-zone at all.

But a new study published in the Lancet adds fuel to this debate. It projects up to three Ebola-infected people a month could head overseas, escalating the fear of the virus jumping borders. Isaac Bogoch is one of the authors of the study and he joins us now to talk more about it.