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CDC: Avoid Travel to Ebola-Affected Countries — Physician’s First Watch

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August 1, 2014

CDC: Avoid Travel to Ebola-Affected Countries

By Kelly Young

Edited by William E. Chavey, MD, MS

The CDC is recommending that people avoid non-essential travel to Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia given the worsening Ebola outbreak. The level 3 advisory does not affect people traveling for humanitarian purposes.

The World Health Organization says over 1300 people have been infected with Ebola in Africa, and more than 700 have died.

The CDC is sending 50 additional disease control specialists to the region. CDC Director Thomas Frieden says that in a best-case scenario, it would take at least 3 to 6 months to control the outbreak, but there are challenges with the existing healthcare infrastructure and violence against healthcare workers.

The CDC is helping countries to screen airline passengers for illness before they leave Africa. If Ebola arrived in the U.S., Frieden said, any U.S. hospital with an intensive care unit would be able to sufficiently isolate patients. There is no "potential of Ebola spreading widely in the U.S.," he said. "That is not in the cards."

Reader Comments (4)

Lesley Bacon Physician, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Lewisham, London UK

The European guidelines point out that unprotected sex with a person who has recovered form Ebola (and indeed anyway in West Africa) is to be avoided. UK and USA commentaries seem to be coy about this - is this really the time to avoid frank discussion?

Lonni Other Healthcare Professional, Pulmonary Medicine

not in the cards??????????? I heard that about smallpox being eradicated from the world when they decided to quit giving the vaccinations because we didn't need them anymore and polio,hmmm a thing of the past no worries. There is a case of ebola right now in MS that the CDC is working on. Not in the cards huh?

FRAGA ADRIANA RAQUEL Physician, Nephrology, Institute of Medical Research. Buenos Aires University, Argentina

Do not know if my information is correct, but I think I heard on CNN that 2 patients have already moved to USA, and they were doing a survey the public about the issue. I think every effort should focus on controlling the situation on the ground, otherwise the risk of a pandemic would be unstoppable

WILLIAM O PLASTER Other Healthcare Professional, Other, retired

This commentary is really reassuring. Avoiding travel to Ebola-affected countries is a helpful, but nothing is stated about anyone from Africa avoiding travel to other parts of the world. I think, unfortunately, it is just a matter of time before the virus is found in the United States, starting with the transfer of two patients to Atlanta.

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