CDC Releases Updated Ebola Monitoring Protocol

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new guidance on monitoring travelers from Liberia to the United States for potential Ebola infection. With the World Health Organization's (WHO's) designation of Liberia as "Ebola free" in May, CDC has developed a "step-down" screening protocol for low-risk travelers to the United States from Liberia. 

Under the new screening protocol, states can decide to continue the current active monitoring of low-risk travelers from Liberia entering their state or to allow low-risk travelers to self-monitor. Travelers will be given a modified CARE kit (without the cellphone) and advised to report to the local health department if they develop any Ebola-like symptoms. 

The Texas Department of State Health Services and all other state health departments are assessing if active monitoring should continue or if CDC's recommended step-down protocol will be followed in Texas. TMA will provide updates on how this will proceed in Texas. 

For more information, visit the WHO website. CDC also has a flyer that instructs patients on what to do when arriving to the United States from a country that had an Ebola outbreak.

Action, June 15, 2015

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July 18, 2019