Ebola transmission ended in Mali; OSDH monitoring of persons arriving from Liberia, Sierra Leone, or Guinea ongoing

Posted on: 1/14/15


Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that Mali has been removed from the list of countries designated for enhanced screening for Ebola Virus Disease (Ebola). There have been no new reported cases in the country since Dec. 5. The CDC also removed the Alert Level 2 Travel Notice for Mali, which advised travelers to practice enhanced precautions when visiting that nation. Enhanced screening and monitoring of all persons arriving in the U.S. from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone remains in effect.

Since Oct. 24, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) County Health Departments, the Tulsa Health Department and Oklahoma City-County Health Department have conducted active monitoring of 12 returned travelers from countries in West Africa where transmission of Ebola virus is occurring. Active monitoring continues for three returned travelers at this time. The monitoring is being carried out according to established protocols by the OSDH. Nine other returned travelers have completed their active monitoring and have been given releases.

There have been 21,007 cases of Ebola confirmed since the current outbreak began in 2014, resulting in 8,274 deaths. Despite an international response effort in West Africa, incidence of new Ebola cases in Sierra Leone continues to increase; some slowing of disease transmission is reported by the CDC in Liberia and Guinea. There are currently no confirmed cases of Ebola in the U.S.

The OSDH continues to provide training and assessment resources to health care workers and medical systems to maintain a state of readiness. A classroom training session on Ebola infection control provided through CIP Consulting was held at the Great Plains Technology Center in Lawton last week. Another one-day training course offering is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 23, in McAlester. For more information, click here

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