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Travelers flying out of Albany are cautious about Ebola

Customs and health officials at Atlanta's Hartsfield Jackson and several other big airports are now taking the temperatures of passengers from three West African countries as part of a stepped up Ebola screening program. Passengers flying out of Albany Thursday say they're definitely being more cautious, but aren't scared.

As passengers get ready to fly out of South Georgia and travel through airports, the thought of Ebola is on their minds.

"Not concerns, really, maybe a little more cautious," said Elizabeth Peace, a South Georgia traveler.

"What can I do? I mean I have to travel so I just can't think about it. It makes you worry more. I got other stuff to worry about," said Carlos Escobar, who travels for work.

The plane that carried the ebola infected nurse from Cleveland to Dallas also flew five trips Tuesday, traveling from Dallas, to Cleveland, to Fort Lauderdale to Atlanta.

"I hope that the airlines will be more concerned and maybe they'll wipe down seats and take some extra precautions like that if they take recommendations. I think that would certainly be within a reasonable precaution," said Peace.

Willams Ezigbo just got married in Albany. He's traveling to his home in Canada, but is originally from Nigeria, where he recently visited.

"There was more hype than what it was when we got back home though. That doesn't mean it wasn't there. There was more fear, more false rumors and all of that," said Ezigbo.

Ezigbo says he doesn't believe it's widespread enough here to be concerned, but he does think now is the time to prepare.

"I think we should learn what to do. If we're aware of how it spreads and how it can be contained then we will be working against it instead of spreading fear, which people easily do, spreading fear instead of spreading the awareness of things to be done to curb it," said Ezigbo.

Authorities are now taking the temperatures of passengers from three West African countries. The entry screenings began today at airports in Washington, Chicago, Atlanta and Newark, New Jersey.

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