Mali added to list of Ebola-affected countries requiring screening

November 17, 2014

Beginning Nov. 17, air travelers to the United States whose trip starts in Mali also will be required to enter the U.S. through one of the five airports (New York’s JFK, Newark, Dulles, Atlanta and Chicago) that have enhanced screening in place for the Ebola virus.

A few Ebola cases have been reported in Bamako, Mali, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are alerting travelers to actions they can take to reduce their risk of getting the disease.

Ebola continues to pose little risk to the general population in the U.S., and officials are carefully monitoring the situation. Penn State health professionals and administrators are closely following all recommendations from the CDC and the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and are in regular communication with those agencies. Ebola is very difficult to contract and is spread only by contact with the bodily fluids of a sick person. Ebola is not a respiratory infection and is not typically transmitted through coughing or sneezing. For more on Ebola, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/.

The CDC recommends that travelers to Mali protect themselves by avoiding contact with the blood and body fluids of people who are sick, because of the possibility they may be sick with Ebola. Although the current cluster of cases has been reported only in Bamako, travelers to all parts of Mali should be alert for reports of possible further spread within the country.

If you are traveling from Mali to the United States:

  • You should be prepared for screeners to check your temperature and look for signs and symptoms of illness. You also will be asked to answer questions about possible exposures to someone with Ebola.
  • You will be given a CARE (Check and Report Ebola) Kit with information about Ebola and tools to help you check your temperature and symptoms each day for 21 days.

For more information on the addition of Mali to the Ebola-impacted list, visit: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/alert/ebola-mali. For more information on Ebola and Penn State’s response, visit: http://sites.psu.edu/ebolainfo/.

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Last Updated November 17, 2014