CDC Announces 21-Day Monitoring Program For All Inbound Airline Passengers Traveling From Ebola-Hit West African Nations

News outlets report on a CDC announcement that the agency will implement a 21-day Ebola monitoring program for all airline passengers arriving in the U.S. from Liberia, Sierra Leone, or Guinea. The announcement came one day after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced tightened screening measures for the same passengers at five U.S. airports.

ABC News: Ebola Prompts CDC to Monitor All Travelers Coming From Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone
“All people returning to the United States from Ebola-affected countries will undergo 21-day monitoring, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced today…” (Lupkin, 10/22).

CQ News: CDC Imposes 21-Day Monitoring on Travelers From Ebola-Stricken Nations
“…CDC Director Thomas Frieden said the program will begin Monday in six states where about 70 percent of those travelers are located — Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia — and that the agency will work with the other states with affected individuals as well…” (Attias, 10/22).

New York Times: U.S. Plans 21-Day Watch of Travelers From Ebola-Hit Nations
“…The new federal rules take effect next Monday. All travelers who have visited Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone will be required to provide home and email addresses, telephone numbers, and other contact details for themselves and at least one friend or relative…” (McNeil/Shear, 10/22).

Foreign Policy: Doctors: CDC’s New Ebola Tracking Plan Is Political Theater (Francis, 10/22).
The Hill: CDC to monitor travelers from West Africa for three weeks (Ferris, 10/22).
The Hill: CDC shifts into overdrive on Ebola (Ferris, 10/22).
Huffington Post: Remember When the U.S. Barred Travelers With HIV? An Ebola Ban Could be Worse. (Terkel, 10/22).
Politico: CDC steps up Ebola monitoring of West African travelers (Norman, 10/22).
Reuters: U.S. tightens Ebola monitoring for West African visitors (Berkrot, 10/22).
Wall Street Journal: U.S. to Monitor West Africa Travelers for Ebola Symptoms (Campoy, 10/22).

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