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U.S. Relaxes Ebola Screening for Travelers from Sierra Leone

With the World Health Organization’s Nov. 7 declaration of Sierra Leone as free of Ebola, travelers from that country will now experience reduced screenings for Ebola upon entry to the United States.

Travelers from Sierra Leone will continue to have their temperature taken and be asked about their travel history and possible exposure to Ebola. Travelers with no risk factors will receive information about Ebola and contact information for state and local health departments. Full screening and monitoring by public health departments of travelers from Guinea will continue.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has resources for evaluating travelers showing symptoms of Ebola. America’s Essential Hospitals also has compiled a list of resources to help members detect cases, protect employees, and respond to infectious diseases effectively.

Contact Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at eomalley@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0127 with questions.

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Matt Buechner is the policy and advocacy associate for America's Essential Hospitals.

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