California ends Ebola monitoring program for West African travelers
The monitoring focused on symptoms of potential Ebola virus infections. Health officials made the decision to stop monitoring for Ebola when the World Health Organization (WHO) took Guinea off the list of countries infected with Ebola.
“As the Ebola outbreak comes to an end, the continued focus on traveler health is extremely important,” CDPH Director Dr. Karen Smith said. “Health care providers need to rapidly identify travel-related risks in people who may have infectious diseases to prevent the spread of diseases and provide the best care possible. We live in a world where the introduction of a new and highly infectious disease to California could be just a plane ride away.”
Smith thanked everyone involved in monitoring for Ebola.
“Monitoring travelers from the affected countries was a monumental task that proved very successful,” she said. “The CDPH Ebola Returning Traveler Epidemiology Team, along with the staff at local health departments throughout California, has worked hard to monitor all returning travelers on a daily basis for up to 21 days. The collaboration between CDPH and the local health departments is what made the traveler-monitoring system work so well.”