Ebola screening no longer required for incoming passengers from Sierra Leone

This graphic details the Ebola screening process at U.S. airports. | Courtesy of the CDC
Entry screening for the Ebola virus will end at U.S. airports for travelers from Sierra Leone, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced this week.

The country was declared free of the virus on Saturday, Nov. 7, by the World Health Organization (WHO), following a 42-day period in which no new cases of the virus were reported and following two negative tests from the last known Ebola case.

The CDC recommends that travelers to Sierra Leone monitor their health for a 21-day period following a return trip from the country. If any symptoms that are consistent with the virus are present, local health departments should be notified as soon as possible and medical attention should be sought immediately.

According to the announcement, outbound passengers will be subject to Ebola screenings before they depart from Sierra Leone.

Sierra Leone is one of three countries in West Africa that was hit hardest by the Ebola outbreak. Approximately 28,637 cases were reported as confirmed, probable or suspected. Of these cases, approximately 11,315 resulted in fatalities. Sierra Leone reported approximately 14,122 cases that were confirmed, suspected and probable -- and 3,955 fatalities.

Enhanced screening for incoming passengers from Liberia -- another one of the three -- was closed on Sept. 21.

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