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Ebola: US restricts airport arrivals from West Africa

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New US rules requiring air passengers from the three West African countries worst hit by Ebola to travel via one of five airports are coming into effect. Travellers from Sierra Leone, Liberia or Guinea must now arrive at O'Hare in Chicago, JFK, Newark, Washington's Dulles or Atlanta, where they will undergo enhanced screening. The World Health Organisation is due to convene an emergency meeting later. The current outbreak of the virus has already killed more than 4,500 people. Most of the deaths have been in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Travellers from these countries will have their temperatures checked as part of screening programmes, despite experts warning such moves are unlikely to have an impact. The new security measures come as public concern grows in the US, where three people have been infected and one person has died from the virus. line How not to catch Ebola: Avoid direct contact with sick patients as the virus is spread through contaminated body fluids. Wear protective cover for eyes. Clothing and clinical waste should be incinerated and any medical equipment that needs to be kept should be decontaminated. People who recover from Ebola should abstain from sex or use condoms for three months.