CDC: All travelers from Ebola-affected areas will be monitored for 21 days

Posted at 12:14 PM, Oct 22, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-22 12:14:22-04

All travelers returning from Ebola-affected areas will be actively monitored for 21 days starting Monday, CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden announced in a telebriefing on Wednesday.

Contact information including email, two phone numbers and a physical U.S. address will be gathered from all people coming to the U.S. from Liberia, Guinea or Sierra Leone, Frieden said.

According to the Washington Post, Frieden added that about 70 percent of all travelers stay in six states: New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey and Georgia.

People will receive a kit when they arrive at the airport that explains what the symptoms are, a guide to telephone numbers, and a thermometer, Frieden said.

Officials will maintain daily contact with travelers for the entire 21 days.