March 10, 2021
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently introduced public health measures for travelers arriving in the United States from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Guinea in response to ongoing Ebola outbreaks in those countries. CDC emphasized that the risk of Ebola in the U.S. is very low and that the number of returning travelers is very small.
Out of an abundance of caution, CDC began directing travelers to six U.S. airports last week and now requires airlines to collect and transmit passenger information for all passengers who were in DRC or Guinea within the previous 21 days. The agency will share this information with U.S. state and local health departments to appropriately monitor arrivals in their jurisdiction.
Blood donor screening for Ebola virus is not required at this time because CDC has not classified the currents outbreaks as “widespread transmission.” AABB continues to monitor CDC communications related to the ongoing Ebola outbreak and will provide updates as they are available.