October 8, 2014 / 5:33 PM / 3 years ago

U.S. will implement extra Ebola screening at five airports - White House

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Wednesday extra Ebola screening will be put in place at five U.S. airports; New York's John F. Kennedy, Newark Liberty, Washington Dulles, Chicago O'Hare and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta.

U.S. President Barack Obama meets with members of his national security team and senior staff to receive an update on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, at the White House in Washington October 6, 2014.Kevin Lamarque

"These five airports are the destination of 94 percent of individuals who travel to the United States from the three countries that are currently affected by Ebola," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in a news briefing.

"This is an additional layer of screening that can be targeted to that small population in a way that will enhance security but also minimize disruption to the broader traveling public," he said.

Reporting by Susan Heavey and Mohammad Zargham; Editing by Jim Loney

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