Ebola check at Australian airports

TRAVELLERS arriving at Australian airports will now have to complete a travel history check to see if they have visited countries with an Ebola outbreak.

The increased checks at airports will be part of overall screening methods, and it will also involve temperature checks of those posing a higher risk. Fever is a symptom of the virus.

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce said the measures began on Friday, and would mean every one of the 45,000 people arriving in Australia through airports would be checked.

He said while the risk of an Ebola outbreak was still low in Australia, the extra screening could help identify at-risk passengers.