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Newark Airport (Photo Credit: Aj-Clicks/Flickr)
Newark Airport (Photo Credit: Aj-Clicks/Flickr)

Over the weekend airports in the United States will begin screening the body temperatures of travelers who have flight itineraries originating from West Africa, CNN is reporting citing a federal official with direct knowledge of the screenings.

The procedure of taking temperatures has already failed at preventing the deadly virus from entering the U.S. due to the fact that it can take up 21 days to show any symptoms of being ill once the virus is first contracted.

In the case of Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola inside the United States, the temperature screening he received before his flight out of Liberia on September 19th resulted in a reading of 97.34 degrees Fahrenheit.

Duncan arrived in Dallas on September 20th. It was not until four days later that he began to show any symptoms.

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