US implements screening of Ugandan passengers as Ebola cases rise
The United States will carry out screenings of passengers traveling from Uganda for the Ebola virus as it rises in the African country.
The Biden administration notes that while there have been no reported cases of the highly contagious disease in the United States, people who have visited the country will be redirected to five airports where they can be tested.
The director of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has ordered the control measures, and the State Department says they apply to all passengers, including US citizens.
Screening of some passengers will begin on Thursday and the restriction will go into effect next week. official said The New York Times.
The five airports that offer enhanced checking are in New York City, Atlanta, Chicago, or the Washington area.
The official, who is familiar with the plan, said the restrictions were issued and doctors alerted as a precaution.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it issued its advisory Thursday to “remind clinicians of recommended practices” about the Ebola virus.
The federal agency also urged doctors to obtain a travel history from any suspected Ebola patient.
The CDC alert stated that “although there are no direct flights from Uganda to the United States, travelers to or through affected areas of Uganda may enter the United States on connecting flights from other countries.”
The Ebola virus is transmitted only through contact with infected bodily fluids and is not transmitted through the air.
Symptoms include fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and muscle aches, as well as internal and external bleeding.
According to reports, the current outbreak of the Sudanese strain of the virus is in central Uganda It has a fatality rate of 69 percent It killed 30 people, including four health care workers. There have been 43 confirmed cases, the Associated Press reported.
Uganda has experienced multiple Ebola outbreaks, including an outbreak of the Ebola virus in 2000 that killed more than 200 people.
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