France Announces Ebola Screenings at Paris Airport
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - French health officials on Thursday said screening measures for Ebola among passengers arriving from Guinea, one of the main West African countries affected by the disease, would start at a Paris airport on Saturday.
France became the second EU country, after Britain, to announce screening checks for the virus at the country’s main international airport.
French Health Minister Marisol Touraine said medical teams, including Red Cross officials, would check the temperatures of passengers arriving on flights from Guinea at Paris's Charles de Gaulle airport.
The announcement came a day after French President François Hollande held a video conference with his US counterpart Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Italian premier Matteo Renzi to discuss the virus.
France joins Britain, the United States and Canada in carrying out passenger screenings, as the United Nations warned Ebola was outpacing efforts to combat the disease.
EU health ministers are meeting in Brussels on Thursday to discuss measures to deal with the epidemic, which has claimed more than 4,000 lives, mainly from the worst-affected countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
An EU statement released on the eve of the meeting said the risk of the virus spreading from an Ebola patient in Spain was low, France24 reported.
Last week, Spain recorded its first case of a person contracting the disease in Europe, when a Spanish nurse, who treated a patient who had arrived from Liberia, developed Ebola symptoms and tested positive for the disease.