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October 22, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Ebola and travel: You’re getting nervous, changing plans, poll shows

Nathan Wallenmeyer, left, a Coast Guard health technician, and Sam Ko, a Customs and A passenger who just arrived in Chicago from Sierra Leone is screened at O'Hare airport.  Anyone flying to the U.S. from Ebola-affected countries in West Africa must enter through one of five U.S. airports now screening for the disease.  (U.S. Customs and Border Protection photo)

A passenger who just arrived in Chicago from Sierra Leone is screened at O’Hare airport. Anyone flying to the U.S. from Ebola-affected countries in West Africa must enter through one of five U.S. airports, including O’Hare, that  now screen for the disease. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection photo)

Amid all the news about Ebola, Seattle Times readers are getting nervous about travel.

More than 600 readers weighed in on NWTraveler’s recent informal poll.

–About 42 percent said they were nervous about Ebola and changing their travel plans because of it.  (256 votes)

–An almost equal number, 40 percent, said they were nervous about Ebola (but not changing plans).  (246 votes)

–Others, about 17 percent,  think the Ebola concern is overblown and they’re traveling as usual.  (105 votes)

A good source of information for travelers on Ebola is the U.S. Centers for Disease Control website. Beyond the obvious advice to avoid non-essential travel to the Ebola-stricken West African nations of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, it gives information on screening of passengers for the disease at five  U.S. airports (Chicago O’Hare, New York’s JFK,  Atlanta, Washington Dulles and Newark)  plus details on the disease and its transmission.

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