CDC, Homeland Security ending enhanced airport screening in Mali

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security plan to lift enhanced airport security measures from travelers coming in from Mali starting Tuesday. | Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Travelers from Mali will no longer be required to undergo enhanced security screenings starting on Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday.

Mali will be removed from the Ebola-affected nations list that subjected people to enhanced visa and port-of-entry screenings from countries infected with the virus.

This means travelers from Mali coming into the United States won't undergo the screenings or monitoring, and they won't be required to come through one of five designated airports in the U.S. The CDC will also remove the “Alert Level 2 Travel Notice” from the country that advised those visiting the nation to practice safety precautions.

There are currently no active Ebola virus cases in Mali. The last person to indicate exposure to the virus was on Dec. 5. Tuesday marks two, 21-day, incubation cycles since the last person in Mali came in contact with a person not wearing personal protective equipment.

Even if another patient were to test positive for Ebola in Mali the country wouldn't automatically go back under the enhanced security screenings, the Department of Homeland Security said. The measures are only used if there is a high risk of widespread transmission of the virus.

The department said it will continue to support Mali in its fight against the Ebola virus and prevention measures. It cautioned those that traveled to Mali and entered the United States before Tuesday should continue monitoring and report symptoms for 21 days.

Ebola was found in patients in Bamako, Mali, and were related to the outbreak in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, Homeland Security said. Travelers coming from those countries are still subject to screening and monitoring. Homeland Security cautioned travelers to avoid visiting the areas unless absolutely necessary.

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