SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2016

U.S. stops Ebola screening for Liberia travelers

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today quit screening travelers from Liberia for Ebola when they enter the U.S.

The lifting of the screening came after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Liberia free of the deadly virus earlier this month. 

Travelers from Liberia no longer will need to enter the U.S. through one of the five enhanced entry screening airports around the country, but Liberia  will continue to screen travelers for the Ebola virus as they leave the country.

Travelers entering the U.S. from Sierra Leone or Guinea will still need to go through the screening process. This includes people from Liberia who have been to Sierra Leone or Guinea within the last 21 days.

The CDC continues to recommend that health care workers screen their patients who have recent travel history and exposure to the Ebola virus. Patients who show Ebola symptoms must receive care for the illness immediately. Specifically for travelers coming to the U.S. from Liberia, the CDC states that health care providers should consider that these patients may have Ebola or another disease that require quick medical care, such as malaria.

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