ANOTHER RESURGENCE OF AN OLD PLAGUE: Uganda Passengers Coming Into America Will be Screened For EBOLA AFTER EBOLA OUTBREAK KILLED AT LEAST 10 IN UGANDA SO FAR
Uganda is grappling with a fresh outbreak of the Ebola virus, for which there is no approved vaccine.
As a result, beginning at midnight on Thursday, the US will redirect travelers coming from Uganda to five distinct airports where they will be screened for the virus.
All travelers who have been in Uganda in the 21 days prior to landing in the US will be redirected to one of the five airports.
According to the New York Times, there are 44 confirmed cases of the deadly virus in the East African country and 10 deaths. Those numbers make it the largest outbreak in the country in two decades.
At least four of those deaths and six of the cases occurred among health care workers.
While there are no direct flights to the US from Uganda, passengers coming in via other countries are being redirected to five airports for screenings: JFK International Airport in New York, Washington-Dulles International Airport in Washington, DC, Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, Chicago-O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta – the same airports at which screenings were conducted in 2014 during the last major outbreak of the Ebola virus.
Passengers will be given temperature and risk assessment checks, as well as a visual symptom check. They will also be asked to confirm contact information and US state and local health departments will follow up with travelers three weeks after the date they left Uganda.
Doctors, if they suspect patients have Ebola, have been urged to obtain travel histories from patients.
Source: Mailonline, Sophie Mann