US To Track Visitors From Ebola Nations10/22 11:53
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Stepping up their vigilance against Ebola, federal
authorities said Wednesday that everyone traveling into the U.S. from
Ebola-stricken nations will be monitored for symptoms for 21 days. That
includes returning American aid workers, federal health employees and
journalists, as well as West African travelers.
The program will start Monday in six states that represent 70 percent of
people arriving from Liberia, Sierra Leone and New Guinea, said the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention.
CDC Director Tom Frieden said monitoring would extend to other states in
coming days and reach "every person coming back to the country for the 21 days
they are at risk for Ebola," and would continue until the outbreak in West
Africa is controlled.
"We have to keep our guard up," Frieden told reporters on a conference call.
Local and state officials will perform the daily health checks, which may
consist of keeping up with people daily by phone or visits. The first states
are New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey and Georgia.
Individuals arriving from West Africa will receive "care kits" that include
thermometers, detailed information on how take their temperature twice a day,
and logs for recording the information. Temperatures must be reported to health
officials at least once per day, he said.
Frieden said the message to travelers is: "If you become sick, get care
quickly because that could save your life and protect your family."
The kits also will include information on whom to call if symptoms occur and
a card the traveler can present to health care providers if they need medical
Associated Press writers Mike Stobbe in New York and Emily Schmall in Dallas
and Alicia Caldwell in Washington contributed to this report.