TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2016

Sierra Leone reaches milestone in Ebola designation

Sierra Leone, once a hotspot of Ebola outbreaks, was removed on Tuesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) list of nations and ports subject to enhanced screening for health conditions and diseases.

However, those leaving Sierra Leone should expect the same exit procedures to remain, and all health monitoring precautions will remain in place for those entering the United States.

The CDC's criteria is measured by the amount of time that elapses between recorded outbreaks, which determines whether this declaration is is effect and establishes port of travel clearance.

Travelers should continue to observe all precautions pertaining to their health, including screenings and symptom monitoring. Any emerging condition should be carefully monitored and promptly reported to a state or local health department.

Those who travel by cruise line should also observe port rules of entry, including reporting existing and visible symptoms upon port entry, and continue any prescribed healthcare or other normal health maintenance routines.

If sickened while traveling, individuals also consult travel medicine providers, to include those designated by the travel line, airline, or travel agent before travelers leave their point of origination.

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