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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
August 25, 2015

Rapid US Response to Ebola Threat

JAMA. 2015;314(8):763. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.9791

More than 10 000 US residents were monitored for potential Ebola virus exposure from November 2014 to March 2015 after the CDC issued guidance on preventing transmission of the virus in the United States, according to a recent report.

Within a week after release of the monitoring guidance for travelers returning from Ebola-ravaged countries and for health care professionals caring for patients with the virus, every state had begun daily and weekly reporting on the status of at-risk individuals. All US territories followed shortly thereafter (Stehling-Ariza T et al. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2015;64[25]:685-689). Screening at 5 US airports identified travelers who had been to West Africa and may have been at risk for infection, while health care facilities identified personnel who had cared for patients with Ebola in the United States.

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