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Airport wokers receiving little Ebola training, poll shows

Weeks after the Ebola virsus flew into the U.S. on the backs of infected travelers, less than a third of airport workers reported employers have not provided training on new Ebola safety protocols, according to a poll released Friday.

Comissioned by the Service Employeers International Union, the poll surveyed 1,150 airport workers, including workers at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International airport. Less than half of workers reported that their employers had given them information about Ebola, and 51 percent said they had received none of the safety equipment recommeded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, such as facemasks, shoe covers and protective gloves.

These results come after the CDC released a revamped set of guidelines to protect healthcare workers and airport screeners throughout the nation’s airports, among the first people to come in contact with infected travelers.

“The alarming findings confirm what terminal cleaners, cabin cleaners, and wheel chair attendants have been saying – airport workers need effective training immediately,” said Valarie Long, Executive Vice President of SEIU, a union that represents wokers in the service industry.

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