Ebola Prompts CDC to Monitor All Travelers Coming From Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone

PHOTO: The international arrivals terminal is viewed at New Yorks John F. Kennedy Airport, Oct. 11, 2014, in New York.PlaySpencer Platt/Getty Images
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All people returning to the United States from Ebola-affected countries will undergo 21-day monitoring, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced today.

Travelers arriving from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where Ebola has killed more than 4,000 people since the worst outbreak of the virus in history began in March, will be given a home kit with a thermometer and Ebola information so that they can self-monitor and report to the CDC, according to the agency.

PHOTO: This is the kit passengers returning from Ebola-affected countries will receive when they arrive in the U.S. as part of a new CDC initiative to monitor them for Ebola for 21 days.
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This is the kit passengers returning from Ebola-affected countries will receive when they arrive in the U.S. as part of a new CDC initiative to monitor them for Ebola for 21 days.

If they do not report, officials will track them down, the CDC said.

They will need to take their temperature twice daily and answer several questions about their symptoms, according to the CDC.

The program will focus on the six states that see about 70 percent of the traffic from these regions: Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

Some states may monitor these travelers in person.

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