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US to Stop Screening Liberian Travelers for Ebola

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FILE - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers screen a traveler who had recently visited Guinea at Atlanta's international airport, Oct. 16, 2014.

FILE - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers screen a traveler who had recently visited Guinea at Atlanta's international airport, Oct. 16, 2014.

Travelers from Liberia will no longer be screened automatically for Ebola at U.S. airports.

U.S. officials said Friday that the screening would end Monday for passengers from Liberia. But the screening and monitoring will continue for travelers from Guinea and Sierra Leone.

The Ebola outbreak that began in early 2014 has sickened 28,220 in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea and has killed more than 11,000, according to the World Health Organization.

But the WHO declared Liberia free of Ebola transmission on September 3. That marked 42 days, or twice the incubation period, since the last patient had left treatment in that country.

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