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US to Screen Air Travelers for Ebola During Uganda Outbreak

  • Move made out of abundant caution, person familiar says
  • Health officials see low risk that strain will spread in US
Medical staff members of an Ebola Treatment Unit at a hospital in Uganda on Sept. 24.

Medical staff members of an Ebola Treatment Unit at a hospital in Uganda on Sept. 24.

Photographer: Badru Katumba/AFP/Getty Images
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The US will begin redirecting travelers from Uganda to five airports to screen for Ebola, as the East African country grapples with an outbreak of a strain of virus for which there is no approved vaccine.

The notice is not a travel ban or suspension on those coming from Uganda, but is being put in place out of an abundance of caution, according to a senior administration official who asked not to be named as the matter has not yet been made public. Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention raised Uganda’s travel alert level, urging travelers to avoid non-essential travel to the country.