Date: November 10, 2014
Re: Process for Notification and Monitoring of Asymptomatic
Travelers from Ebola-Outbreak-Affected Countries or
Asymptomatic Contacts of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Patients
From: Theresa Berg, Public Health Administrator
Screening of travelers from Ebola-Outbreak-Affected countries is occurring at designated international airports in the U.S. At O’Hare Airport in Chicago, screening is being conducted by professionals from CDC and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). Temperatures are taken and a series of questions are asked regarding potential exposure to Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).
If a traveler has a fever or is experiencing symptoms associated with EVD they would be transferred to a nearby hospital for further assessment and perhaps treatment.
If a traveler does not have a fever and is not symptomatic for EVD, they would be assigned to one of four categories: “high risk”, “some risk”, “low risk”, or “no identified risk”.
For travelers whose final destination is within Illinois:
The local public health department will receive official notification for each individual traveler. IDPH will contact the Rock Island County Health Department (RICHD) by phone and by fax. Information provided will include the traveler’s name, contact information, and the risk category determined by screeners at O’Hare Airport.
The combination of interventions implemented by RICHD would depend on the determination of risk category: 21 days of monitoring, with twice daily temperature checks and symptom evaluation; travel restrictions; isolation, quarantine, or no travel restrictions.
These procedures may change in forthcoming guidance from CDC and IDPH. The list of countries with widespread EVD transmission may also change in the future.
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