#AceBreakingNews – BRUSSELS – October 20 – Brussels airport has started Ebola screening as it receives four direct flights a week from the three West African countries stricken by the Ebola outbreak.
Passengers arriving in Brussels from west Africa will be screened for high temperatures (Photo: Filip Bunkens)
At around 4am on Monday (20 October), passengers arriving at Brussels airport from Guinea and Liberia were the first to be screened at Belgium’s main airport.
The Belgian ministry of health announced the precautionary measures on Sunday.
All passengers arriving from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – the three west African countries where most of the Ebola cases are – will be checked for fever.
Those with a fever will be questioned by a nurse or doctor at the airport, and sent to the hospital if they are suspected of having the virus.
Erika Vlieghe, who was appointed Belgium’s national Ebola co-ordinator on Friday (17 October), said the measures add “value” to the screenings already being done in west Africa before departure.
But she admitted the chances are small that temperature screenings catch an Ebola case.