EU vows to beef up Ebola exit tests in West Africa

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BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union nations are promising to reinforce passenger screening for Ebola at the airports in the hardest-hit West African nations and coordinate a common approach for the deadly virus at EU entry points.

EU health chief Tonio Borg said Thursday the World Health Organization and the EU will look into "conflicting reports" about whether the screening in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea is good enough. If lapses are evident, Borg said international measures will be taken to strengthen the controls.

At an emergency meeting of EU health ministers, the 28 nations also vowed to better coordinate action at entry points in European airports. Some nations now have Ebola entry checks while others do not.

France will begin screening airline passengers for Ebola on Saturday at Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport.