Israel Goes On Ebola Alert

YERUSHALAYIM (Hamodia Staff) -

Israeli authorities announced on Tuesday the screening of all passengers arriving in the country’s ports of entry at Haifa and Ashdod.

The measure comes in addition to precautions at Ben-Gurion airport, which conducted an “Ebola preparedness drill” earlier this month.

Dr. Roee Singer, Deputy Director of the Division of Epidemiology at the Ministry of Health, expressed confidence that Israel was up to the challenge.

Only about 300 people travel from West Africa to Israel each year.

The airport screening involves of a questionnaire and temperature measure.

People from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea who have possible Ebola symptoms will be taken immediately to a treatment center at the Rambam Hospital in Haifa or the Sheba Medical Center outside Tel Aviv.