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Dulles International Airport begins Ebola screening along with 3 other U.S. airports

A worker from Moroccan health screening team dressed in protective gear shows the way to passengers at the arrivals hall of the Mohammed V airport in Casablanca, Thursday, Oct 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar)

CHANTILLY, Va. (AP) - Customs and health officials at Dulles International Airport began screening arriving travelers from three West African countries Thursday.

Dulles is one of four U.S. Airports where the screening process began Thursday, along with airports in Chicago, Atlanta, and Newark, New Jersey.

Officials at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which runs Dulles, estimate that anywhere from 15 to 55 travelers arrive at Dulles every day from the three affected countries - Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

The only direct service from West Africa to Dulles is a South African Airways flight that originates in Johannesburg and stops in Dakar, Senegal, before arriving at Dulles.

Screeners will use no-touch thermometers to try to find passengers with fevers, the first symptom shown by Ebola patients.

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