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U.S. Relaxes Ebola Screenings for Travelers from Liberia

Travelers from Liberia will no longer be screened for Ebola upon entry to the United States. Liberia was declared free of Ebola on Sept. 3 by the World Health Organization. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends health care providers continue to screen patients who have traveled from Liberia for symptoms of Ebola and other infectious diseases. Liberia will also continue to conduct screenings for travelers leaving the country. Entry screening will continue for travelers entering the United States from Guinea and Sierra Leone.

The CDC has resources for providers to evaluate patients showing symptoms of Ebola. America’s Essential Hospitals has also compiled a list of resources to help members detect cases, protect employees, and respond to infectious diseases effectively.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Erin O’Malley, director of policy, at eomalley@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0127.

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