Post-arrival Ebola monitoring to be put in place for travelers to U.S.

October 22, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Travelers coming from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone will receive a CARE (Check And Report Ebola) kit when they arrive in the United States, beginning Oct. 27, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Public health authorities will begin active post-arrival monitoring of travelers whose travel originates in any of the three Ebola-affected countries. These travelers are now arriving to the U.S. at one of five airports where entry screening is being conducted by Customs and Border Protection and CDC.  The five airports are: Kennedy International; Washington Dulles; Chicago O'Hare; Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson; and Newark Liberty.

Active post-arrival monitoring means that travelers without febrile illness or symptoms consistent with Ebola will be followed up daily by state and local health departments for 21 days from the date of their departure from West Africa, following a traveler’s last possible date of exposure to Ebola virus. Twenty-one days is the longest time it can take from the time a person is infected with Ebola until that person has symptoms of Ebola

On Oct. 8, as a precautionary measure Penn State placed a moratorium on University travel to countries at risk of Ebola spread as identified by the U.S. State Department and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Those countries include: Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

Six states (New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey and Georgia), where approximately 70 percent of incoming travelers are headed, have already taken steps to plan and implement active post-arrival monitoring, which will begin on Monday, Oct. 27.  Active post-arrival monitoring will begin in the remaining states in the days following.  

Post arrival monitoring is an added safeguard that complements the existing exit screening protocols, which require all outbound passengers from the affected West African countries to be screened for fever, Ebola symptoms, and contact with Ebola and enhanced screening protocols at the five U.S. airports that will now receive all travelers from the affected countries.

For more information on the monitoring requirements, visit http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2014/p1022-post-arrival-monitoring.html

Last Updated October 22, 2014