CDC To Monitor And Test People Travelling From Countries With Ebola Cases

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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced that people coming from countries where Ebola cases are prevalent will be subjected to high scrutiny. The officials from the US will be tracking travelers who will be arriving from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Guinea. These two countries have reporting Ebola outbreaks. The officials from the CDC have said that the government will set up public health measures for people who are arriving from these countries as a cautionary step as the risk of Ebola outbreaks in the US has been low. As per the report, the US government will direct travelers coming from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Guinea to six airports. Airlines will fetch the information of these passengers and send it to the CDC for public health follow-up and further intervention. The officials have said that this rule will apply to all passengers who will be boarding a flight to the US and have been in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Guinea in the last 21 days.

Health experts in the US have said that details of these passengers will be sent to local health departments for screening and monitoring. Guinea has announced its first Ebola outbreak after 2016 earlier this month. Experts have said that Ebola can cause fever, aches, and fatigue. Dangerously, the disease has a death rate of nearly 50 percent. Since the outbreak has been detected in the first week of February in Guinea, at least three people have lost their lives. The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that another Ebola outbreak has been detected in the Democratic Republic of Congo earlier this month. The officials from the CDC have said that the risk of an Ebola outbreak in the US is quite low. However, the country needs to take precautionary measures as the US is already fighting new strains of coronavirus.

Experts have identified nearly seven new variants of coronavirus in the US. They fear that each of these variants can be more infectious as compared to the original strain. It is going to be a year since the WHO has declared the coronavirus a global pandemic. A survey, which has been done by John Hopkins University, has revealed that more than 28 million people have been infected by the virus so far in the US. Around 500000 people in the US have lost their lives due to COVID19. As per the report, more than 11000 people have lost their lives during a two-year Ebola outbreak across West Africa. The officials from Guinea have said that the government is not leaving any stone unturned to control the resurgence of new Ebola cases before it starts spreading even faster. The Guinea government has set up a new Ebola Treatment Center and Ebola vaccines are being shipped across the region, said the officials.

 

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