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Returned Travelers

          Every day, travelers from Ebola-affected countries in West Africa return to the United States through five designated points of entry: JFK International Airport (New York, NY), Newark Liberty International Airport (Newark, NJ), Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (Atlanta, GA), Dulles International Airport (Dulles, VA), and O’Hare International Airport (Chicago, IL).

These travelers are assessed for their risk of exposure to Ebola and are monitored accordingly based on CDC recommendations. This is protect the health of the travelers and all persons with which they may come in contact. The information below can be used by local health departments in managing how returned travelers are monitored.

Documents For Local Health Departments (LHDs)

Instructions for Monitoring and Follow-up of Returned Travelers                                                                                      

This document provides information on how to assess and monitor returned travelers. Travelers are assigned to one of three risk groups with specific public health action and recommendations for each group.

Returned Traveler Active Surveillance Form       (PDF Version)

Used by LHDs to assess the risk of Ebola to a returned traveler from one of the Ebola affected countries.

Symptom Log for Returned Travelers           (PDF Version)

This log is used to keep track of the health of a returned traveler. The log is maintained for 21 days, the incubation period for Ebola.

FAQ on Returned Travelers     (PDF Version)

This document provides answers to questions about active monitoring and what to do in the event a returned traveler becomes ill during the 21 day observation period.

Health Agreements Low Risk Some Risk High Risk

Local health departments can use these agreements to explain public health monitoring to returned travelers or persons who have been exposed to Ebola. The agreements explain the 21-day monitoring process, any precautions required, and what to do if you become ill. The agreements can be signed by the local health department and the returned traveler or exposed person. (Click on the respective risk category for the corresponding document for a returned traveler)


CDC Resources

Top 10 Things You Really Need to Know About Ebola

A list of key facts about Ebola and the current outbreak in West Africa.

Fact Sheet: Monitoring Symptoms and Controlling Movement to Stop Spread of Ebola

This guidance helps state and local health departments decide how people who may have been exposed to Ebola should be monitored and whether or not their movement should be limited.

Advice for Humanitarian Aid Organizations

Pre and post travel guidance for humanitarian aid groups with employees and/or volunteers who have traveled or will travel to Ebola-affected countries.

Advice for Humanitarian Aid Workers

Guidance to prepare aid workers traveling to Ebola-affected countries.


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