U.S. to Monitor Visitors from 3 West African Nations for 21 Days

By Paul Riegler on 22 October 2014
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Walkway to passport control at JFK's Terminal 4

Walkway to passport control at JFK’s Terminal 4

New monitoring rules were put into place Wednesday for travelers from West African countries with Ebola outbreaks entering the United States.

Starting next Monday, such travelers will be required to report their body temperatures for three weeks on a daily basis in addition to any potential symptoms of the deadly virus.

Under new rules issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all travelers who have visited Guinea, Liberia, or Sierra Leone, regardless of country of origin or citizenship, will be required to provide detailed contact information for themselves as well as for a friend or relative.

The restrictions apply to citizens of any country who have visited the impacted nations, including U.S. citizens.  They also apply to healthcare workers, journalists, and employees of the CDC.

For the next 21 days after entering the United States, a traveler will need to check in with a state or local health department, reporting morning and even body temperatures as well as any potentially related symptoms such as nausea or diarrhea.

The CDC said that state and local health departments will be required to put plans into place that will permit them locate and possibly detain anyone not complying with the new rules.

Upon entering the United States, a traveler who comes under the monitoring guidelines will be issued a thermometer with instructions on its use, information about Ebola symptoms, and an explanatory card he would give to a healthcare worker if seeking treatment for any symptoms.

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