CDC Ebola Clinical Alert

A recent HealthLeaders article discusses the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “Ebola Clinical Alert for U.S. Healthcare Personnel” and is recommending that all U.S. healthcare settings should ask about international travel while screening patients and visitors for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.  As of March 4, airlines are also required to collect and transmit contact information to the CDC for “appropriate public health follow-up and intervention for all passengers boarding a flight to the U.S. who were in the Dominical Republic of the Congo or the Republic of Guinea within 21 days before their arrival in the U.S.  International travel histories are to alert healthcare personnel to the possibility of other communicable infections, such a viral hemorrhagic fever, that need specific infection control precautions and/or treatments.