Next week, the U.S. government will begin directing travelers from Guinea and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to six U.S. airports, according to the CDC. The airlines will collect information from all passengers boarding flights to the US who were in any of the countries during the previous 21 days and will share the data with the CDC and local health departments for monitoring purposes.
The measures come as the United States and other nations grapple with the Covid-19 pandemic, with growing concern that the variants could cause rates to skyrocket again. It also follows two previous Ebola outbreaks in Africa that began in 2014 and 2018, resulting in the deaths of thousands.
The CDC noted that this year’s outbreaks are in remote areas and the risk to the United States is extremely low. The agency said the travel restrictions are being implemented as a precaution.
As of Thursday, the World Health Organization said there were nine Ebola cases and five deaths reported in Guinea, and eight cases and four deaths reported in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The Red Cross said in a statement that a network of more than 700 trained volunteers has been activated as part of a first wave of response and the government has asked people to respect hygiene and prevention measures and to inform health of the signs of the disease “. authorities. “The World Health Organization has helped control the recent outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo with vaccines and is helping to procure doses for Guinea.