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Airport precautions against Ebola outbreak

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a quarantine and Border Health Services branch. They have scientists and medical professionals staffed at 20 airports, including Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

The CDC says it's all about making sure one sick passenger doesn't spread a suspicious disease, such as the Ebola virus.

Federal agents are on the lookout for anyone who appears to have flu-like symptoms of the Ebola virus.

Officials take calls from Customs and Border Patrol agents, and anyone who appears sick is brought to a CDC quarantine room.

The CDC has a quarantine room in the international terminal of Hartsfield-Jackson. It contains two rooms, including an isolation room. If anyone shows flu like symptoms that may be related to the Ebola virus, they are placed in a second room called a super isolation room.

“This is not equivalent to a hospital isolation room, but just a separate room at the airport so they could be better assessed and then moved safely to a hospital in their city of entry,” said Steve Monroe with the CDC.

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