Ebola Travel Restrictions: Passengers Fly to Designated Airports

Homeland Security announces restrictions for passengers entering the U.S. from Ebola-ravaged countries.
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As of tomorrow. An additional travel restriction has been put in place. Based on a policy that was conceived over at DHS. That would funnel travelers from West Africa to airports where these secondary screening measures are already in place. And of those airports there are only five in the US that Havel screen measures in place. Well when I'm down Cutler in New York the new rules announced today but the Department of Homeland Security this is what they are starting tomorrow passengers on flights originating. In Liberia Sierra Leon or Guinea. What have to land in one F five airports around the country they are New York's JFK Newark international Dulles international in Washington DC. It less Hartsfield Jackson airport and Chicago's O'Hare. Also an update today the two Dallas nurses with Ebola amber Benson and Nina from. Are still an isolation fighting that disease doctors say that Nina is still in fair condition apparently. So is her dog Bentley a lot of attention has been placed on that and there he is the picture is posted today on the Dallas animal services FaceBook page. They were taken yesterday. And in the picture on the will definitely appears to be getting entry from one of his veterinarian team members there that he sailed through his boat testing and waiting. On those results. The CDC also issues a new us richer health care workers are better prepared to treat patients. Who may have a vote to for more on that pretty BC's Martha Gonzales and Dallas and Marcy good afternoon to you. Good afternoon Denny and with more than fifty people now off the watch list here in Dallas as you mentioned the CDC is now taking more action to make sure. What happened here isn't repeated elsewhere. After weeks of concerns and calls for change the CDC now updating its protocols for health care workers treating Ebola patients. The new guidelines call for protective gear to leave no skin exposed for hospital staff to get hands on training for putting the gear on and taking it off. And four at all to be supervised by a trained monitor. While some at this Dallas hospital claim under the original guidelines nurses had their necks exposed while treating Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan. Ahead of the CDC says we may never know how nurses Nina farm and amber Vinton contracted the virus. But the bottom line. It that they guidelines didn't work that cost. Visions mother telling ABC's Robin Roberts it's concerning these updated protocols weren't in place sooner. So. Relieved that it's in place now. It should help insure that no one has to endure what in her and witness stand can't. She had to go to. Debra Barry is one of the hundreds still being monitored for symptoms in Texas and Ohio where Vinson traveled before she was diagnosed. She says Vinson is doing okay getting great treatment at Emory university hospital in Atlanta. And as fun continues her battle with people in Maryland. A first look at what's left of the two nurses Holmes after decontamination crews took almost Embry thing Al. Putting their belongings and barrels all removed and incinerated. And we learned today the American journalist who was being treated free bull at a Nebraska hospital show come up Pope. Could be released sometime later this week. Dan. All right much is so good it update on that book but as far as his new guidelines. Do they apply to all hospitals in fact that might have to treat irritable impatient. Yeah that's that's a goal this going into effect immediately and for all hospitals because you what happened here was that Duncan walked into this hospital. Unexpectedly no one was expecting an Ebola case. To be here until they just want to make sure that every hospital is prepared for that possibilities that way they don't have to scramble to make sure that everyone has the training they need money. I bet you've been on the ground they've analysis is because a lot of people there about how these developments now he's individual cases how they've changed over the past couple of days. But also how the hospital and how the health care system in general has been handling these cases. What's been the reaction from the public then about these new changes new procedures in place. You know I think they've people have been calling for these changes for a long time to there's certainly a lot of relief in as far as. They community in general how they're reacting to this you know yesterday. Some of those people were taken off of the watch lists lists and some of them were children who returned to school. And we heard from some parents he said they had absolutely no concerns that they understand that evil is only transmitted as we repeated over and over again it's only transmitted through direct contact. With bodily fluids of enable a patient who is showing symptoms. I'm so they understand that these people who are off the watch list pose absolutely no risk but then there's the other side of things I actually have a friend who lives here in Dallas she has three young kids and she's just still concerned. A ballot the possibility that there could be more Ebola cases that she's actually less talent with her family until all of this passes. So the response has still bend to that kind of level. Also wanted to ask you that in. Given the fact that that list of those that were under a watch them at that has now gone away there are still some others though that are being monitored them correct. Yeah that's right they're are about a 116. Others who are being monitored many of them health care workers. People who may have had contact with his two nurses who were infected but then there's also hundreds of others who are being monitored they're considered low risk but these are people. Who are on one of those two flights that nurse amber Vinson took. You'll remember she flew from Dallas to Cleveland and back in the days before she was diagnosed so people here in Texas and an Ohio. Were on those flights are being monitored as a precaution but we're told November 7 is the magic date. That should know one show any symptoms between now and then that's when they'll be able to say that Dallas is. Look free they say what a lot of people looking forward to that date. That lesson Marcy wanted to ask you Eric Duncan's fiance was released from quarantine yesterday obviously grieving the loss of her fiancee and at the same time having to deal with his own. Personal situation and we heard anything from her. Not today though we know yesterday she expressed through her pastor just how. Relieved she was to be out of quarantine able sheriff live her life and her main challenge right now is trying to find somewhere to live as she's been staying. In us the home. That while she was in quarantine away from the apartment where that they were evacuated from their home the same home they were sharing with Thomas Eric Duncan. So now she's trying to find a new place to live we know that her church and private donors are raising money right now to help her pay. For a new lease it also to help her get some more belongings because everything that was inside of that home. Except for a few personal things all had to be incinerated as a precaution. A lot a lot moving forward their ABC's Martha Gonzales and douse Marcy thanks for that appreciate it. I want to bring in now ABC's chief health and medical editor doctor rich investor. With some more on these developments and documents through we heard ever Vincent smothers and of these guidelines should have been in place sooner does she have a point well I. I think she does have a point if he if you look at Howell your bullet is is treated in the precautions that are taking in Africa. That's basically where we've arrived last night they guidelines that the CDC put up. Are very similar to what doctors without ordered its does in Africa and the other group that's taking care of the most patients. With a bullet there in their approach is not having one speck of skin. That that's available to add to that virus. Making sure that everyone who goes in there is train did they use of buddy system to make sure that there's always someone watching you to make sure you don't make mistake. And then having a train monitor to help get to out of all like year to make sure you don't contaminate yourself. That was the baseline that that Doctors Without Borders was using and now that will be the standard here in the United States. So that is the plan and I understand that this is a very broad question to ask throughout most of general hospitals across the country they're but realistically speaking now. How easy and how quickly. Well hospitals be able to get up to speed by this well I think that firfer most hospitals the approach is still going to be the same where they. The if they have someone who's suspected of of having a bowl of they'll they'll isolate them in a room get them tested. And if they have a bola I think most facilities are still gonna look to. To to work with the government to transfer that person to one of the four specialized units around the country. If they decide to treat the patient day here we've been hearing about this special team that the Department of Defense is putting together that has thirty members. Twenty clinical nurses five infectious disease doctors who are specialists. And five people who are there will be there to help train the staff infection control to ensure that these things go forward DNA in a safer manner. But but but I would expect that that until those eleven beds around the United States they could bid that are in those units are filled most people will will go that direction. But let's talk a bit about the homeland security's new screening procedures that are going to be going in to place passengers arriving from West Africa only. Able to go through those five airports in the US that have a screening procedures. So what does that is gonna happen and won a passenger lands a lot of these airports so and so what this does the initial guidance on screening age using using. This secondary screening and those by the airports. Picked up 94%. Of all passengers who were leaving those affected countries in coming to the United States. By now saying all passengers have to go through those airports it now it's a 100%. But it's important people realize there are no direct flights from any of those countries to the United States most go through Europe some go through Morocco. And so what will happen is that when when a passenger is rooting their trip we'll have to go from one of those connecting countries into those five airports. They're the passengers identified based on their passport and their visa and then their pulled into a back room their temperatures taken they fill out a questionnaire that looked at by. By by an individual there and it if everything goes well they're just given a piece of paper that has the symptoms of a bullet. They're told what to do in terms of self monitoring for the next 21 days in what to do if they get sick. Well given the fact that you now have a one harbor some of those passengers as you pointed out they're coming through those five outlets there. Do you think that that's gonna com or or at least satisfy those members in congress and others in the public that's that now when an out right travel ban. I don't know this system would not have picked up Eric dubbed it he did not develop any symptoms until he was in the US for around four days. So it's not perfect but but if you look at the overall screening the exit screening from from Africa there have been tens of thousands of people. Who have let those countries since the started this epidemic there has been one person one person in the entire world. Who has left that area and they and has traveled and and developed a bullet that's mr. Duncan so this system has been working very well if hospitals it. Are on guard and pick up these patients I think we've got a very good screening system. Yet you're seeing pictures of me they're leaving Liberia I have make temperature taken. Three times I had visual inspection by a worker. I filled out a questionnaire all of those things that are in place. If they're overseen by international organizations and we make sure that these countries have the resources to do a properly. This is a very safe approach. ABC's doctor Richard best are with us explain some of the new guidelines in place not doctor Bassett thank you always appreciate that thank you. And of course you can get what the story in real time by downloading ABC news happens star in the store for exclusive updates on ago. For now. I'm Dan that's their New York.

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