U.S. Ebola Screening Stops for Travelers from Liberia

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Homeland Security announced that Liberia will be removed from the list of nations affected by Ebola subject to enhanced visa and port-of-entry screening effective September 21. This decision is based on a CDC determination that the risk of importation of Ebola by travelers from Liberia is low and that the country has implemented effective control measures. As a result of this announcement, travelers from Liberia will no longer be restricted to the five airports with enhanced screening and will not need to conduct self-observation to check for symptoms consistent with Ebola.

This announcement follows the World Health Organization’s declaration that Liberia is Ebola-free after the reemergence of infections over the summer and the CDC’s downgraded travel notice for travelers going to Liberia, both of which occurred on September 3. Screening and monitoring measures are still in effect for travelers from Guinea and Sierra Leone, including those travelers from Liberia who also traveled to Guinea or Sierra Leone within the last 21 days.

For more information, please see CDC’s Interim U.S. Guidance for Monitoring and Movement of Persons with Potential Ebola Virus Exposure.

About Sara Chang

Sara Chang is a senior program analyst for NACCHO’s Infectious Disease team. She works with local health departments on such topics as emerging infectious diseases, infectious disease prevention and control, and healthcare-associated infections. Twitter: @changsara

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