On February 19, 2016, the CDC announced that Guinea will be removed from the list of nations affected by Ebola for which travelers are subject to enhanced entry screening. Guinea will be the last of the affected countries in West Africa to be removed from enhanced entry screening measures.
On December 29, 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Guinea free of Ebola virus transmission after 42 days had passed since the last patient with Ebola tested laboratory-negative twice. The last country with widespread Ebola virus transmission, Guinea now enters 90 days of heightened surveillance for Ebola (http://www.afro.who.int/en/media-centre/pressreleases/item/8252-end-of-ebola-transmission-in-guinea.html).
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reclassified Guinea as a country with former widespread transmission with current, established control measures as of December 29, 2015. As a result, CDC will modify enhanced Ebola port-of-entry screening for travelers coming to the United States from Guinea, and CDC no longer recommends that health departments actively monitor travelers from Guinea. Enhanced entry screening has already been discontinued for travelers coming to the United States from Liberia or Sierra Leone.
Effective today December 29, the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) will no longer recommend active monitoring for travelers arriving in Connecticut from Guinea.
Effective today, DPH will suspend the special weekend and holiday coverage that our epidemiologists have provided to initiate the monitoring of travelers by local health departments that began in October 2014.
Infectious Diseases Section staff will continue to be available for public health emergencies on weekends and after hours through the DPH answering service (860-509-8000).
Governor Malloy’s declaration on October 7, 2014 of a public health emergency for Connecticut for the duration of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa remains in effect.
Travelers from Guinea will continue to be routed through three designated U.S. airports conducting enhanced entry screening [New York (JFK), Washington-Dulles (IAD), and Atlanta (ATL)]. Travelers will receive modified Check and Report Ebola (CARE) kits with instructions for them to watch their health for 21 days after leaving Guinea and to contact their local health departments if they have a fever or any other symptoms consistent with Ebola.
Airport staff in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone will continue to screen travelers leaving those countries.
CDC lowered the travel notice for Ebola in Guinea to a Watch Level 1 on December 29, which means CDC now recommends U.S. residents practice usual precautions when traveling to Guinea, including avoiding contact with sick people, dead bodies, or blood and body fluids.
CDC has also posted new information for healthcare workers, laboratory workers, and researchers traveling to the United States from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone as well as updated information for health departments and healthcare providers evaluating patients with recent travel to a country with former widespread transmission.
Assessment of Persons Under Investigation Having Low (But not Zero) Risk of Exposure to Ebola (updated December 1, 2 015)
(updated October 9, 2015, page revised December 29, 2015)
(updated December 1, 2015)
- Ebola protocol Epi Follow-up 01_12_2015 final
- EVD Symptom Monitoring Log (November 5, 2014)
- Guidance for Contacts Travelers 01_12_2015 final