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CDC Releases New Travel Monitoring Protocols and Other Guidance on Ebola

White House Hosts Call for Local and State Officials on U.S. Response to Ebola

October 23, 2014
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Wednesday issued new post-arrival monitoring for travelers coming from affected African countries. This protocol includes daily monitoring for travelers entering the U.S. at one of five airports for 21 days following their departure from West Africa.
The White House hosted a call also on Wednesday afternoon with state and local officials to discuss the latest developments related to the response to Ebola. Joining the Administration on the call were also representatives from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services.
CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden began the call by outlining the three prong strategy to contain and prevent further outbreak by controlling the disease at its source, implementation of screening at the time of exit from an affected country (Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea), and screening procedures upon entry into the U.S.
The strategy may involve “Do Not Board” orders if travelers exhibit Ebola symptoms, particularly fever, combined with immediate isolation of a person suspected to have contracted Ebola.
Travelers bound for the United States will be funneled to the following airports:
  1. John F. Kennedy International (New York, New York)
  2. Newark International (Newark, New Jersey)
  3. Chicago O’Hare International (Chicago, Illinois)
  4. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (Atlanta, Georgia)
  5. Dulles International (Washington, D.C./Virginia)
In conjunction with this call, the White House directed officials to these new CDC Ebola resources:
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services  Assistant Secretary for Preparedness Response Dr. Nicole Lurie addressed the development of Ebola therapeutics and vaccinations. She also outlined preparedness strategies being implemented domestically within the hospital and medical systems to meet the needs of possible Ebola patients and the larger community.

New guidelines will include specific protocols for health care workers treating Ebola patients, including procedures for putting on and especially removing protective equipment and clothing. Dr. Lurie confirmed that there are only three confirmed Ebola cases in the United States thus far: Thomas Duncan and two of the nurses who were in contact with him. State and local officials can contact her agency with questions on preparedness in the health care system via email at aspr@hhs.gov
Rand Beers, senior advisor to the President provided brief remarks on how the U.S. is addressing Ebola.
Phil McNamara, assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security touched on how his agency is coordinating with U.S. Customs and Border Protection to develop policies and procedures to identify travelers at all ports of entry that may be infected.
The White House on Tuesday posted a blog update on how to help stop the spread of Ebola. The piece outlines how Americans can assist in this effort. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest earlier this week offered a Q&A on America’s response to Ebola that addresses what Americans need to know, how the Administration is responding, information on travel and the appointment of Ron Klain as the new Ebola Czar.
For more detailed information, inquiries should be directed to the CDC.

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