Fears of global Ebola outbreak escalate

New York's JFK Airport is starting to screen travellers to try to stem the Ebola outbreak.

FILE: Medical workers of the Liberian Red Cross, wearing a protective suit, carry the body of a victim of the Ebola virus in a bag on 4 September, 2014 in the small city of Banjol, 30 kilometres of Monrovia. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Fears of a global outbreak of Ebola are on the rise as America and Spain take measures to try and stop the deadly disease from spreading.

New York's JFK Airport is starting to screen travellers to try to stem the outbreak that has killed more than 4,000 people.

Passengers from the worst hit countries Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea will have their temperatures taken and have to answer a series of questions.

This comes after the first person died of Ebola in Texas on Wednesday.

Thomas Eric Duncan had travelled to the US from Liberia, and was only diagnosed with the disease once he arrived in Dallas.

Officials in Spain are trying to make sure they stop an outbreak after it was discovered a hospital worker has contracted the disease.

Video: Ebola response team.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says the Ebola virus is likely to reach South Africa through one of the main airports in Gauteng.

While the country remains Ebola free, government has placed special emphasis on airports by stepping up health preventative measures, specifically at OR Tambo International and Lanseria airports.

South Africa has stepped up to the forefront of assisting affected countries, especially in West Africa, by setting up an Ebola response fund.

Motsoaledi added they are analysing various probabilities in terms of how Ebola could enter the country.