457 Test Negative for Ebola at NY-Area Airports


No one screened for the Ebola virus has tested positive since the program began this month, the executive director of the agency that operates the New York area’s major airports said Wednesday. But as an extra precaution, he has ordered stricter cleaning protocols.

Patrick Foye of the Port Authority said 389 people have been screened at JFK and 68 at Newark since Oct. 11. The number at Newark includes a passenger suspected to have Ebola who arrived Tuesday night and was taken to Newark’s University Hospital. By Wednesday, health officials determined the man didn’t have the virus.

Foye ordered airport restrooms to be cleaned twice as often. The same order covers the cleaning of planes that have arrived carrying passengers whose trips originated in West Africa.