Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced new screening measures for all travelers entering the United States from Ebola-affected West African countries. These changes will complement current exit screening protocols that are currently in place in the affected West African countries. These measures will take effect at our Nation's top five international airports, which includes JFK International Airport on Long Island. The new screening procedures at JFK will begin on Saturday, October 11.
As a nurse for over thirty years, I believe these commonsense preventative measures are a strong step in the right direction to safeguarding the health of the American people. Our public health and public safety professionals are working tirelessly to ensure the health and well-being of all Americans is protected. I am monitoring the situation as it unfolds and will work with my colleagues in Congress to make sure the United States has the proper resources in place to keep our country safe.
For more information, I urge you to visit the White House fact sheet, which highlights both our international and domestic response activity. Please click this link to get the latest Ebola updates from the CDC.