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Ebola Leadership Update

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DoH) sent a Health Advisory recommending that health care providers no longer screen patients for recent travel to specific countries in West Africa -- namely Guinea, Liberia, or Sierra Leone. However, the DoH is still recommending providers routinely assess travel history in all patients.

On Dec. 29, 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the end of Ebola virus transmission in Guinea, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) discontinued its recommendation to actively monitor travelers from Guinea. Previouisly, the CDC had declared Liberia and Sierra Leone to be Ebola-free and recommended that travelers from those two countries no longer require active monitoring by public health officials.

In keeping with these recommendations, effective immediately, WellSpan is discontinuing the practice of screening patients for recent travel to these specific countries in West Africa.

This advisory is now posted on the Ebola Information Center under "Protocols for Treating Patients." If you have any further questions, please contact WellSpan Infection Prevention and Control at 717-851-2345.