- Due to the Ebola issue, travelers from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Guinea will be subject to additional scrutiny.
- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), these passengers will be directed to six airports in the United States.
- The airline will collect information there and send its information to the local health department for tracking.
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The United States will begin tracking people from the two Democratic Republic of Congo and Guinea facing the Ebola epidemic.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Friday that the U.S. government will “be cautious to formulate public health measures”
The agency said in a statement: “Starting next week, the U.S. government will transfer passengers from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Guinea to six U.S. airports.” “Airlines will collect and transmit passenger information to the CDC. Conduct public health follow-up and intervene with all U.S. passengers boarding in DRC or Guinea in the past 21 days.”
The information will be shared with the local health department for tracking and monitoring.
Earlier this month, Guinea announced an Ebola outbreak for the first time since 2016.
As Morgan McFall-Johnson of Insider previously reported, the Ebola virus can cause fever, pain and fatigue. Its fatality rate is about 50%. Since the outbreak in February, at least three people have died from the Ebola epidemic in Guinea.
According to data from the World Health Organization, the Democratic Republic of Congo also reported another outbreak earlier this month.
The CDC said the risk of an Ebola virus outbreak in the United States is “extremely low.”
But the agency still recommends that the United States take precautions, especially when the country is fighting new variants of the coronavirus.
Researchers have discovered at least seven new variants in the United States, each of which is more infectious than the original variant.
It has been almost a year since the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a pandemic. According to the latest data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, 28 million people in the United States have been infected with the virus since then. Among them, more than 500,000 Americans died.
In 2016, a two-year Ebola epidemic broke out in West Africa, killing more than 11,000 people.
The Guinean government is taking steps to end its revival before it spreads. According to McCall Johnson, a person familiar with the matter, a new Ebola virus treatment center is being built and the Ebola vaccine is being driven out.