JFK Airport is hiring Ebola screeners at $19 an hour

Ebola Screening Starts At O'Hare Airport

By Yolanda Spivey

JFK Airport is looking for a few good men and women for a controversial employment opportunity.  This position pays a whopping $19 an hour.  They are looking for contractors to screen for Ebola patients at the airport.

The New York Post reports that the screeners will work in connection with Customs, Border Protection and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.  They will be stationed at terminal 4 and will need to get close to each potential patient and take their temperature.

Health officials state that the screeners will use no-touch thermometers to try to find passengers with fevers by using “infrared temperature guns.”

So far, 91 passengers at JFK were pinpointed as having a risk of being infected with Ebola.  Although no passengers were found to have a fever, five of them were sent to the medics for further evaluation.

Republican representative Tim Murphy expressed his concerns about the new measures at a congressional hearing on Ebola.  He feels that the system is “flawed because people can mask symptoms with ibuprofen or simply avoid the airports which has installed screenings.”

Some Facebook users are worried about the new process while others are not.

Currently, there are 150 people who travel daily from the three African countries that are affected greatly by Ebola—Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.  To date, Ebola has claimed the lives of 4,000 people in those nations.

Thomas Eric Duncan was one such individual who traveled to the United States from Liberia despite being stricken with Ebola.  He died in the early part of October. Since then, two healthcare workers  who treated him at the Dallas, Texas hospital he was admitted in, tested positive for the Ebola virus and are currently being treated for it.

Washington Dulles, Newark Liberty, Chicago O’Hare, and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International are all currently hiring for Ebola screeners.



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