Travelers who have been in Uganda for the past 21 days will be sent to five airports by US for examining in worry of them spreading the contagious current Ebola which was announced on 20th September 2022..
These are JFK, Newark, Atlanta, O’Hare, or Dulles airports, the US embassy in Uganda managed to clarify this through an alert they wrote to health care workers on Thursday but said there were no US confirmed cases by then.
“Out of an abundance of caution (CDC) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will apply new layers of screening at these five U.S. airports in response to the Ebola outbreak in Uganda,” added the US embassy in Uganda.
According to Dr. Michael Osterholm an infectious disease expert at University of Minnesota the alert is crucial to the public and health medical community, these should be prepared for but not shocked for the cases they may receive in US just like how it was in 2014-2016 out break in West Africa.
“We can handle Ebola safely in the hospital setting and provide best care to the patient, but you have to be aware that it might even be a possibility,” explained Osterholm.
Ever since Ebola was announced, at-least 9 people have succumbed to the horrific disease and with those inclusive it adds up to 43 cases as of October 3 according to Uganda’s Ministry of health.
In addition, arrivals will be reported to local health unit departments, health questions will be asked and a temperature screening will be done according to Reuters news agency.
By MUHENDA MUBARAK HASSAN