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CDC releases Ebola guidelines for airlines

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ATLANTA, Ga. -

Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have released new guidelines for all United States airlines and flight crews.

The guidelines include the breakdown symptoms to look out for and procedures on decontaminating a plane if a passenger with Ebola makes it on board.

Flight crews have now been told to keep symptomatic passengers on flights from West Africa separated from other fliers. Those passengers must also be provided with a surgical mask.

The captain of a U.S. bound plane must report suspected cases of Ebola to the nearest quarantine stations before landing.

In a statement, CDC officials say it’s unlikely that a person infected with Ebola would be able to infect other passengers on a plane. However, the danger comes when people who are infected with Ebola don’t realize it.

The virus eventually causes severe sickness and massive hemorrhaging. By that point, when patients are most contagious, officials say they’re probably not able to fly anyway.

There are several long-haul flights between Atlanta and West Africa every day, so officials aren’t taking any chances.

Click here to view the guidelines.

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