Bed Time Research Institute

Ebola Screening at Airports (2014-Present)

Assessing strategies for Ebola screening at airports in the US

Publications

Jacobson, S.H., Yu, G., Jokela, J.A., 2016, "A Double-risk Monitoring and Quarantine Policy for Ebola Entry Screening at Airports in the United States, Preventive Medicine.

Videos

Expert on Ebola Screening on CBC News, 11 October 2014.

Ebola Fears Spur Calls for Airport Screening on Weekends with Alex Witt, MSNBC, 5 October 2014.

What Precautions Should be Taken to Identify Ebola on Huffington Post Live, 6 October 2014.

Media Coverage

(28 March 2016) New study offers efficient alternative for Ebola screening program for travelers. See Homeland Security News Wire, Medical News, Infection Control Today, Science Daily, and Vaccine News Daily.

(2 October 2014) Invited Op-Ed " Airports should be screening for Ebola the same way they screen for terrorists," on the Washington Post PostEverything blog discusses using aviation security screening to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus in the United States. See also quotes reported by the Associate Press article, Airports, airlines and Ebola: 5 things to know (4 October 2014), being quoted in the commentary, A Manhattan Project against Ebola in the Chicago Tribune (7 October 2014), a live interview on Weekends with Alex Witt on MSNBC (5 October 2014), a live interview on WANDTV (NBC affiliate, Decatur, IL, 5 October 2014), a live interview on CBC Radio Canada The Current (6 October 2014), a live interview on HuffPost Live (6 October 2014), a live interview on WTOP CBS Radio 103.5, Washington DC, 6 October 2014), an interview on WCIA-TV (CBS Champaign, IL, 6 October 2014), a live interview on HuffPost Live (9 October 2014), a live interview on CBC News, Toronto, Canada (11 October 2014), a live interview on HuffPost Live (14 October 2014), and a live interview on HuffPost Live (17 October 2014; second segment). See also, Jacobson Brings Analytics Expertise to Ebola Screening posted on the University of Illinois Department of Computer Science website (12 February 2015).

(1 August 2014) Sheldon H. Jacobson was quoted in the article, "Airports Have No Way to Screen for Ebola, by Patrick Tucker, which appeared on-line in the National Journal. Jacobson commented on the challenges of screening for Ebola at airports, the similarities in such screening with aviation security screening, and how prescreening can be an effective strategy in such environments. The story was also featured in the Homeland Security Newswire on 4 August 2014.

 

Students Involved

Ge Yu (Electrical and Computer Engineering PhD Graduate Student, University of Illinois)

 

 

Last updated: April 2, 2016

URL address: BTRI

 

Contact Information: Sheldon H. Jacobson, 217-244-7275, email, twitter