US CDC to impose travel measures for Ebola-hit countries
West Africa Rallies Ebola Defenses as Guinea Cases Climb
Guinea’s neighbors are taking measures to prevent the Ebola hemorrhagic fever from entering their countries, as cases rise in the West Africa nation. Five people have died from the highly contagious disease, Guinea’s National Health Security Agency said in an emailed statement Tuesday. Three people tested positive and 10 other suspected cases are awaiting laboratory results, it said.Authorities are also monitoring 125 people who were in contact with the cases. Most of them are in the southeastern Nzerekore region, where an outbreak has been declared, and the remaining 10 are in the capital, Conakry, it said.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday announced new travel measures for those coming to the United States from countries that have been hit with an Ebola outbreak.
Starting next week, passengers traveling from Guinea and the Democratic Republic of the Congo will be redirected to six U.S. airports so the CDC can track and follow up with them.
"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," the states.
Thousands of Ebola vaccines to be sent to Guinea to combat recent epidemic, WHO says
“Our collective, quick action is crucial to avert an uncontrolled spread of Ebola amid the Covid-19 pandemic," said Dr. Matshidiso Moeti.WHO regional director for Africa Dr. Matshidiso Moeti said Thursday that 11,000 Ebola vaccines are being prepared in Geneva and are expected to arrive in Guinea over the weekend. An additional 8,600 doses will be shipped from the United States, she said. The vaccination campaign could start as early as Monday.
Guinea and the Democratic Republic of the Congo have seen multiple outbreaks of Ebola throughout the years, with previous outbreaks killing thousands of people.
The United States hasn't seen an Ebola case since 2015 and officials said they don't believe the latest outbreak is a threat to the country.
For Ebola to spread, a person needs to have direct contact with blood or bodily fluids from a person who has the virus. As long as a person doesn't travel to an outbreak area, the CDC says it is low risk for an individual to get the virus.
However, as a precaution, the CDC said passengers from the two countries currently facing outbreaks will have their contact information verified and shared with state and local health authorities.
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The agency issued level-three health warnings this week for and the , meaning there should be no non-essential travel to the countries.
The outbreak of Ebola in Guinea began in the middle of February in a rural area of the country, while the Democratic Republic of the Congo saw its outbreak begin earlier in the month.
Currently, there have been in Guinea with five deaths. The Democratic Republic of the Congo has seen eight confirmed cases and four deaths in the latest outbreak, according to the World Health Organization.
The latest Ebola outbreaks come as the world is struggling to get the coronavirus under control, with the disease affecting millions of people around the world since the beginning of last year.
CDC director urges people to keep masking and distancing 'regardless of what states decide' .
The director of the US Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday said she hopes people will decide to individually "do the right thing" about distancing and wearing masks, even in states moving to eliminate restrictions against the CDC's recommendations."I think we at the CDC have been very clear that now is not the time to release all restrictions," Dr. Rochelle Walensky said during a White House COVID-19 Response Team briefing.