State Health Officials Monitoring Travelers From West Africa

Oct 31, 2014

State officials are taking precautions against the possible spread of Ebola to Indiana. There's no indication yet any of the people who came to the state from West Africa came into contact with those infected with the disease.
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Indiana State Department of Health officials say they're monitoring six people who have traveled to Indiana from West Africa. Those being monitored are considered low risk for Ebola infection and are cooperating with health officials.

The health department says these measures are in accordance with new travel guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC says all travelers to Indiana from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea will be under what it calls "direct active monitoring" by their local health department for 21 days upon entering the country.

That includes twice-daily temperature and symptom checks which are recorded and given to the State Health Department.

Two other people have completed their monitoring without incident, health department officials said Wednesday. The ISDH is not releasing the names of the counties where travelers are being monitored.