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March 5, 2021 Ebola Virus Disease Situational Update

Friday, March 5, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and in Guinea. In response to these outbreaks, CDC will require airlines to collect contact information from passengers from these two countries. To ensure timely identification and public health follow-up of suspected cases, the District of Columbia Department of Health (DC Health) asks that all personnel who might conduct screening and triage activities or be responsible for initial clinical management of patients (e.g., including Emergency Medical Services, outpatient, and emergency department personnel) assist us in our surveillance by doing the following: 1) Consistently collect travel history information during the clinical evaluation of patients, and 2) Promptly report suspected cases to DC Health.