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Travelers from Liberia no longer require U.S. entry screening for Ebola

On September 3, 2015

The World Health Organization declared Liberia to be free of Ebola virus transmission. As a result, on Monday, September 21, 2015, CDC and Department of Homeland Security will stop entry screening for travelers entering the United States from Liberia. These travelers will no longer be funneled through the five enhanced entry screening airports, enabling them to enter the U.S. from any available port. Liberia will continue to conduct exit screening for travelers departing the country.

Entry screening and monitoring will not change for travelers entering the United States from Guinea or Sierra Leone. This includes travelers from Liberia who have also traveled to either Guinea or Sierra Leone within the previous 21 days.

CDC recommends healthcare providers continue to screen all patients for travel and exposure history as well as symptoms to quickly implement infection control protocols, and ensure patients get appropriate care without delay. Most importantly for travelers from Liberia, CDC recommends that healthcare providers not only consider Ebola, but other diseases for which quick evaluation and treatment are important, such as malaria.

CDC has resources available for clinical healthcare providers, healthcare workers, and health departments who are coordinating the evaluation of persons under investigation (PUIs) for Ebola virus disease to help determine when to enact infection control, notify state and local health departments, and guide patient care based on evaluated risk factors. These resources can be found here: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/healthcare-us/evaluating-patients/evaluating-travelers.html

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