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US tightens screening for travellers from Uganda amid Ebola fears

The United States on Wednesday announced tighter screening for travellers from Uganda amid an outbreak of Ebola in the African country.

The US State Department said air travellers entering the United States who have been in Uganda in the 21 days before arrival will have to route through one of five designated airports for screening by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and US Customs and Border Protection.

The airports are in New York, Newark, Atlanta, Chicago and Washington.

The CDC issued a warning over Ebola virus disease after the Ugandan Health Ministry declared an outbreak in the Mubende district on September 20.

The World Health Organization said there were 63 confirmed and probable Ebola cases in Uganda and 29 deaths.