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Ebola Airport Screening Ends

January 12, 2023 • 5:25 pm CST
by Nitsa Trabelsi
(Vax Before Travel)

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced it joins the Republic of Uganda and the global public health community in marking the end of the Sudan Ebolavirus outbreak in Uganda.

Forty-two days, or two incubation periods, have passed since the last case of Sudan Ebola was reported in 2022, marking the official end of the fifth outbreak in Uganda, which had started in September.

In addition, the CDC confirmed entry screening and public health monitoring of travelers to the United States who have been in Uganda in the last 21 days would end on January 11, 2023.

The U.K. also launched airport screening for Ebola in November 2022.

“I commend the Government of Uganda, local health workers, and global public health partners who worked to end the country’s Ebola outbreak,” said CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, M.D., M.P.H., in a press release.

“I also want to thank the CDC staff on the front lines in Uganda and worldwide who worked countless hours to accelerate an end to the outbreak.”

The CDC confirmed it would continue supporting the Ugandan Ministry of Health in Ebola surveillance, infection prevention and control, and response activities to help ensure rapid detection and response to future cases and outbreaks.