Canada to step up border checks for Ebola; will use targeted temperature screens

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TORONTO - The federal health minister says Canada will step up border screening for Ebola.

Rona Ambrose says border agents will start to use targeted temperature screens in an effort to prevent people sick with the disease from entering the country.

The U.S. government also says it will start to use enhanced airport screening for incoming passengers at the five airports that handle most flights from the affected West African countries.

That word comes on the same day it was announced that the Liberian man hospitalized with Ebola in Dallas, Texas, had died.

Canada gets few travellers from the affected countries; only 1.5 per cent of all travel from the three countries comes to Canada.

The World Health Organization says that at least 8,033 people have been infected in this outbreak and nearly 3,900 of them have died.


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