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Brazil screens arrivals from Ebola-affected areas

October 31, 2014

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil has begun screening passengers arriving from the Ebola-affected countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the Health Ministry said Friday.

Health Minister Arthur Chioro said at a press conference that passengers arriving from those three countries will have their temperatures taken and asked to answer a questionnaire that will help authorities determine if they have the Ebola virus or were in contacted with an infected person.

The screening process went into effect on Friday in Sao Paulo’s Guarulhos International Airport, where most passengers from affected areas arrive. By the end of November, will the screening process be in place in five other airports.

The minister said that 529 passengers from the three countries arrived so far this year at the Sao Paulo airport, which handles close to 40,000 arriving passengers every day.

He said no Ebola cases have been confirmed in Brazil.

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