The Infectious Diseases Society of America strongly supports measures to minimize the risk of Ebola Virus disease (EVD) transmission in the US from travelers returning from Ebola-outbreak-affected countries. Many such persons are healthcare providers and other humanitarian aid workers, risking their personal health and safety in the fight against a large-scale and worsening outbreak that represents a global public health emergency. Controlling the Ebola outbreak at its source in West Africa is the most important way to end this ongoing humanitarian disaster and the corresponding threat of spread of Ebola to the US and other countries.
Strategies to limit the potential for EVD transmission from returning healthcare and humanitarian aid workers as well as from other travelers should be based on the best available medical, scientific and epidemiological evidence; be proportional to the risk; balance the rights of individuals and the community; minimize unintended negative consequences; and minimize unnecessary use of limited resources. For these reasons:
We support the policies promoted by the US public health experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health. Furthermore:
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