- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control posted a notice Tuesday seeking airport screeners to work in major U.S. airports and perhaps even overseas as the agency tries to stop the spread of Ebola.

In a “sources sought” notice, the agency also said it’s looking to fill other contract positions to help with Ebola response, including transportation specialists to handle “complicated travel actions” to deploy supplies and emergency personnel.

For airport screening, personnel “might deploy overseas or work at domestic airports here in the United States,” according to the contract notice.

“This would need to cover all major airports in the United States and perhaps some airports overseas,” the notice stated, listing an Oct. 28 deadline for companies to provide a statement of capabilities.

Screening has already begun at a handful of the nation’s largest airports, as medical personnel vet passengers coming to the U.S. from the western African nations hardest hit by Ebola.

Last week, CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden announced screening to take place at New York’s JFK Airport, received nearly half of all travelers entering the U.S. from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone over the past year, as well as Washington-Dulles, Newark, Chicago-O’Hare and Atlanta airports.

“We believe these new measures will further protect the health of Americans, understanding that nothing we can do will get us to absolute zero risk until we end the Ebola epidemic in West Africa,” Dr. Friedman said in a statement.

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