(USA Today) The Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general found gaps in Ebola screening at U.S. ports — even when travelers declared they had visited high-risk countries, according to a report released Wednesday.
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Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released 169 passengers without taking their temperatures from October 2014 through June 2015, despite recent travel to an Ebola-affected country in West Africa, according to Inspector General John Roth.
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More than 20,000 travelers arriving at U.S. airports and other ports of entry received extra scrutiny during that period because they had been in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea during the previous three weeks. Customs officials interviewed the travelers and were supposed to document their temperatures for hints of illness.