Surveillance and Preparedness for Ebola Virus Disease - New York City, 2014.
MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2014 Oct 17;63(41):934-936
Authors: Benowitz I, Ackelsberg J, Balter SE, Baumgartner JC, Dentinger C, Fine AD, Harper SA, Jones LE, Laraque F, Lee EH, Merizalde G, Yacisin KA, Varma JK, Layton MC
In July 2014, as the Ebola virus disease (Ebola) epidemic expanded in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, an air traveler brought Ebola to Nigeria and two American health care workers in West Africa were diagnosed with Ebola and later medically evacuated to a U.S. hospital. New York City (NYC) is a frequent port of entry for travelers from West Africa, a home to communities of West African immigrants who travel back to their home countries, and a home to health care workers who travel to West Africa to treat Ebola patients. Ongoing transmission of Ebolavirus in West Africa could result in an infected person arriving in NYC. The announcement on September 30 of an Ebola case diagnosed in Texas in a person who had recently arrived from an Ebola-affected country further reinforced the need in NYC for local preparedness for Ebola.
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