Ebola outbreak in West Africa has impact on global travel

The Ebola outbreak in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone is beginning to affect worldwide travel and border procedures. Air travel to and from Ebola-affected countries has been curtailed or temporarily suspended by some international, regional and local air carriers. People who display symptoms, such as fever, that might be due to Ebola may be prevented from boarding airplanes.

The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention is advising US citizens to avoid all nonessential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

The World Health Organization has provided guidance to public health authorities, airlines and partners in West Africa on evaluating people coming from countries that have been affected by the virus. Measures at points of entry may include screening tests (for the presence of fever), medical questionnaires and evaluations and movement restrictions for up to 21 days (the Ebola incubation period) while laboratory tests are conducted for anyone suspected of being infected.

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