Governor Christie Announces Ebola Screening, Quarantines At New York And New Jersey Airports

In the midst of the largest outbreak in recorded history, Governor Chris Christie announced Friday that both New York and New Jersey would be implementing Ebola screening in airports, in order to help prevent further cases in the U.S. The first case of Ebola to surface in New York prompted new measures from Christie, in conjunction with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

On Thursday, Dr. Craig Spencer, who had returned to New York after treating Ebola victims in Guinea, tested positive for the disease himself.

Because of Spencer’s extensive travel through the city after beginning to exhibit symptoms, his case has caused increased fear in the area about the possibility of widespread outbreak. The rampant fear of Ebola has led Governor Cuomo, along with Governor Christie, to move toward additional screening and quarantines for travelers entering at JFK International Airport, and Newark International Airport.

Governor Christie tweeted the plans for updated Ebola screening:

He went on to say that individual states’ Departments of Health could make their own determinations for screenings or quarantines at the airports, as applicable under law. Furthermore, Christie promised that the results of each day’s screenings would be reported to state health agencies. Governor Christie then shared that one such traveler has already, despite lack of symptoms, been quarantined under the new screening protocols.

According to Reuters, the New York doctor represents the ninth case of Ebola in the United States. Of these cases, two actually contracted Ebola in the U.S. Most were working in some capacity to assist Ebola patients when they contracted the disease.

According to Fox8, the Director of the CDC has assured that a widespread outbreak in the U.S. is extremely unlikely.

Many are already lashing back, accusing Governors Christie and Cuomo of spreading baseless fears. Others praise the additional Ebola screenings and enforced quarantines, but say they’ve come too late.

[photo credit: EU Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection]