US lifts screening of Ugandan arrivals after Ebola outbreak declared over

US lifts screening of Ugandan arrivals after Ebola outbreak declared over

By Goodluck Musinguzi

“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 Walensky, MD, MPH. “I also want to thank the CDC staff on the front lines in Uganda and around the world who worked countless hours to accelerate an end to the outbreak.”

She added, “CDC remains committed to partnering with the Ugandan Ministry of Health in support of survivor programs and in helping strengthen global preparedness and response capacities that can prevent or extinguish future Ebola outbreaks.”

The first confirmed case of the Sudan Ebola strain was reported in Uganda in September 2022 and involved a 24-year-old man from Mubende district. The outbreak total reached 164 cases, 142 of them confirmed and 22 probable. Fifty-five people died from Ebola, putting the case-fatality rate among confirmed infections at 39%.

In October, 2022, Flights arriving from Uganda will be redirected to five U.S. airports for “enhanced screening” of the Ebola virus, the U.S. Embassy in Uganda said Thursday.

Driving the news: No cases of Ebola have been discovered outside of Uganda, “and the risk of Ebola domestically is currently low,” the embassy said in the Thursday health alert.

  • As of Oct. 6 at 11:59pm ET, all U.S.-bound passengers who have been in Uganda in the 21 days before their arrival to the U.S. will be routed to airports in New York, Newark, Atlanta, Chicago and Washington, per the health alert.

Between the lines: “While there are no direct flights from Uganda to the United States, travelers from or passing through affected areas in Uganda can enter the United States on flights connecting from other countries,” the CDC said in a health advisory on Thursday.

The big picture: There have been 44 confirmed cases of Ebola, including 10 confirmed deaths, as of Oct. 6, per the CDC.

  • Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra met Thursday with Uganda’s Minister of Health Jane Aceng Ocero to discuss the Ebola outbreak.
  • “Secretary Becerra emphasized that the United States and HHS stand ready and willing to support Uganda throughout this challenging period,”

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6 comments

  1. Thank you CDC for making it easy for travellers

  2. I thank CDC staff who were on the front line to ensure an end the Ebola outbreak.

  3. I thank CDC staff who were on the front line to ensure an end the Ebola outbreak.

  4. Thanks to the Ministry of Health

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