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US-bound travelers from Uganda to be screened for Ebola as cases soar

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KAMPALA, UGANDA - Health workers take measures after 2 patients, who were in quarantine due to outbreak of Ebola, discharged from Mubende Refferal Hospital in Kampala, Uganda on September 30, 2022. (Nicholas Kajoba - Anadolu Agency)
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Oct 07, 2022 - 10:10 AM

KAMPALA, Uganda (AA) – US President Joe Biden’s administration has announced it will screen US-bound travelers from Uganda for Ebola, if they have traveled in the country within three weeks prior to their arrival in the US.

“Travelers who have spent any time in Uganda over the previous 21 days, the incubation period for the virus, will be directed to JFK International Airport in New York, Washington-Dulles International Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, Chicago-O’Hare International Airport and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport,” the US Embassy in Kampala tweeted.

“Out of an abundance of caution, the (US) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will apply new layers of screening at these five US airports in response to the Ebola outbreak in Uganda,” the embassy added.

The East African nation is battling a deadly outbreak of Ebola with 29 deaths, including four health workers, and a total of 63 confirmed and probable cases, according to the World Health Organization (WHO)

No cases of Ebola have been reported in the US, the CDC said.

The outbreak appeared limited to five districts in central Uganda and had not reached the capital or the travel hub Entebbe, it added.

In February 2020, after the COVID-19 pandemic emerged in China, the former Donald Trump administration in the US barred the entry of most foreign nationals who had recently visited Uganda and put some American travelers under quarantine as the disease was declared a rare public health emergency.

The Biden administration said about 145 people per day enter the US from Uganda, with most arriving at one of the five large airports. Airlines will rebook tickets for those scheduled to fly into a different airport, the administration said.

The current outbreak has been attributed to the Sudan strain of the Ebola virus, which has no proven vaccine.

The UN’s health agency announced that several vaccines are in various stages of development against the Ebola outbreak in Uganda, adding that the vaccines used to curb recent outbreaks in the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo were not effective against the type of Ebola virus circulating in Uganda.

In the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, 11 Americans contracted the disease and two of them died.

The CDC and the WHO both provide information on how to diagnose and treat patients infected with the virus.

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