Individuals from affected countries are identified through their passports and then screened by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) at the airport. All passengers from Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone have their temperatures taken upon arrival. If a passenger is ill, the individual will be transported to a hospital. If they are at risk, they will be quarantined and the local health department will check in with them twice daily and monitor their temperature. If they are found to have Ebola, they would be transferred to one of the hospitals designated to treat Ebola patients.
New York is the first state to receive a list of travelers from the three affected countries. Working with the CDC, New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) is receiving reports of travelers arriving at JFK International Airport whose destinations are somewhere in New York State. NYSDOH will work with local health departments to contact all incoming travelers to:
- Ensure that they have no risk exposure to Ebola
- Are taking their temperatures for 21 days
- Have a plan if they get sick
- Have contact information at NYSDOH