Ebola Update- June 2015

Ebola Update- June 2015

Author: Emergency Preparedness Staff/Tuesday, June 30, 2015/Categories: Ebola, Emergency Preparedness/Response, Ebola

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Travelers from Liberia are at extremely low risk of exposure to Ebola at this time.  For more than two months, there have been no cases of Ebola virus disease in Liberia.  On May 9, 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the end of the EVD outbreak in Liberia after 42 days had passed since the last EVD patient was buried.  It has been more than three months since the last case in the border regions between Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.

CDC changed the country classification for Liberia on May 13, 2015, to a country with former widespread Ebola virus transmission and current, established control measures.  CDC and other international partners continue to support Liberia and neighboring countries in protecting their borders through training and technical assistance.  Border officials in Liberia are trained to screen and identify persons with symptoms consistent with EVD and to act quickly and safely to prevent further movement or transmission, including isolating sick travelers and linking them to care. 

Due to the updated Ebola status in Liberia, the screening process for those coming into the United States from Liberia has changed.  As of June 17, 2015, there is no need for active monitoring of those returning from Liberia.  Travelers entering the United States from Liberia will still have their temperature taken and asked questions about their travel history.  They will have to provide their contact information in case the local health department would need to contact them.  Travelers will receive a modified CARE Kit with information about Ebola, a thermometer, and contact information for state and local health officials.  They are encouraged to monitor their health and to contact their local health department if they develop a fever or other symptoms of Ebola. 

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