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US U.S. to implement Ebola monitoring program at airports

08:16  27 february  2021
08:16  27 february  2021 Source:   cbsnews.com

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Joint Airport Screening Fact Sheet (English) Joint Airport Screening Fact Sheet (Spanish) Joint Airport Screening Fact Sheet (French). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Homeland Security’ s Customs & Border Protection (CBP) this week will begin new layers of entry “CBP personnel will continue to observe all travelers entering the United States for general overt signs of illnesses at all U . S . ports of entry and these expanded screening measures will provide an additional layer of protection to help ensure the risk of Ebola in the United States is minimized,” said

Enhanced entry risk assessment at U . S . airports included processes to identify travelers from countries with Ebola outbreaks, either through scheduled flight itineraries or during customs and immigration inspections. CBP officers and other U . S . Department of Homeland Security staff collected contact and locating The enhanced entry risk assessment and management program enabled CDC to educate travelers individually about Ebola and the postarrival monitoring process. Screened travelers received a CDC CARE (Check and Report Ebola ) kit containing information and tools (including a thermometer

The U.S. will soon be monitoring travelers coming into the country from two nations impacted by the Ebola virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday. The CDC confirmed these plans after CBS News first reported the details on Friday night.

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Starting next week, the "very small number" of travelers arriving from Guinea and the Democratic Republic of the Congo will be funneled to six U.S. airports where their information will be collected and shared with local health officials, the CDC said.

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U . S . to implement extra Ebola screening at airports .

Since the program began in August 2014, an estimated 80,000 travelers, of whom approximately 12,000 were en route to the United States, have departed by air from the three countries with Ebola transmission. Procedures were implemented to deny boarding to ill travelers and persons who reported a high On October 11, 2014, after the first imported Ebola case was identified in the United States, an enhanced U . S . entry screening program was started at five international airports as an added measure to identify travelers from the three countries with widespread Ebola transmission who might

As of February 25, nine Ebola cases have been reported in Guinea, resulting in five deaths, and eight cases have been reported in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, resulting in four deaths, according to the World Health Organization. The CDC stressed in its statement that "the outbreaks are centered in remote areas of these countries," and said "the risk of Ebola to the United States is extremely low."

The CDC said airlines "will collect and transmit passenger information to CDC for public health follow-up and intervention for all passengers boarding a flight to the U.S. who were in DRC or Guinea within the previous 21 days. This information will be shared with U.S. state and local health departments to appropriately monitor arrivals in their jurisdiction."

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New York’ s JFK International Airport will begin the new screening on Saturday. In the 12 months ending July 2014, JFK received nearly half of travelers from the three West African nations. The enhanced entry screening at Washington-Dulles, Newark, Chicago-O’Hare, and Atlanta international “CBP personnel will continue to observe all travelers entering the United States for general overt signs of illnesses at all U . S . ports of entry and these expanded screening measures will provide an additional layer of protection to help ensure the risk of Ebola in the United States is minimized,” said Secretary

Two airports in London to implement enhanced screenings. Screenings begin Saturday at New York airport ; four more begin next week. Emergency rooms in the United States are preparing for possible cases. "That will not be the case but this additional layer should add a measure of security to the American public. This entry screening procedure, for example, would not necessarily have caught the patient in Dallas." Cetron was referring to the only case of Ebola so far diagnosed on U . S . soil -- that of Thomas Eric Duncan, who didn't have symptoms at the time he arrived in the United States.

A source familiar with the decision said John F. Kennedy in New York, Dulles outside Washington, D.C., O'Hare in Chicago, Hartsfield-Jackson in Atlanta, Los Angeles International Airport and Newark Liberty outside New York were all being considered as monitoring points. The CDC did not specify which airports it plans to use.

This funneling approach is similar to steps taken in 2014 when travelers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea were directed to five of those airports, where they had their temperature taken upon arrival.

Between March 2014 and April 2016, there were more than 28,000 cases of Ebola in West Africa and 11,310 people died, according to the CDC.

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there is recognition within the CDC that resources for additional monitoring are stretched thin, according to one of the people familiar with the discussions. Almost 30,000 people were monitored by the CDC for Ebola beginning in 2014, an effort that required hundreds of CDC staff, the CDC said.

"This is a great example of how we have to be prepared for anything in the public health arena," another source familiar with the discussions said about the monitoring before the news was announced.

In 2014, the Obama administration appointed Ron Klain to lead the U.S. Ebola strategy. Klain is now President Biden's chief of staff.

Christina Ruffini and Max Bayer contributed to this story.

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