Abu Faour and Public Works and Transportation Minister Ghazi al-Aridi tour the airport premises on Wednesday, October 22, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Beirut's Rafik Hariri International Airport has been equipped with new screening equipment amid growing concerns over Ebola spreading to Lebanon."We also want to prepare quarantine rooms on the airfield and have ambulances ready to transfer those infected or suspected of being so," Abu Faour said.Passengers' personal contact information is also retained prior to their leaving the plane for follow-up as symptoms of Ebola can appear two to 21 days after exposure.After disembarking from the plane all passengers will walk past infrared cameras – which have been active for some months – that will allow medical staff to remotely check the passengers' temperaturesand highlight irregularities. There have yet to be any cases of Ebola in Lebanon, though some 12 people suspected of having contracted the disease were later found to have malaria.
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