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Santa Barbara Ebola Travel Concerns Raised

Santa Barbara airport officials met with the County Public Heath Department to seek information and training to handle the Ebola virus if the deadly disease spreads.

The airport has not received any direction from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) or the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to preform screenings before passengers board the plane. This is because Santa Barbara is not a port of entry.

“You know everyone right now is getting information together and developing a checklist and protocol so if this should become wider spread we’ll all be much better prepared,” said Tracy Lincoln, Santa Barbara airport operations manager.

Airport officials suggest that travelers check the CDC bulletins on their website and make sure to not travel to the “Dangerous Areas” that are posted.

For more information about the “Dangerous Areas” please visit:

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