Washington state officers monitoring 23 individuals for Ebola following journey to international locations with outbreaks

Well being officers in Washington state are monitoring 23 individuals for Ebola after they returned from Guinea and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), two West African international locations which might be at the moment seeing outbreaks of the damaging infectious illness.

Nevertheless, “there’s a low threat for individuals in Washington,” mentioned well being officers. 

The 23 individuals shall be monitored for roughly 21 days following their arrival to the U.S.

“There’s an outbreak of EVD in N’Zérékoré Prefecture of Guinea and the North Kivu Province within the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Facilities for Illness Management & Prevention (CDC) has issued an order requiring airways to gather and supply CDC with contact data for passengers who have been in Guinea or the Democratic Republic of Congo throughout the 21 days earlier than arriving in the US,” they mentioned. 


Ebola virus illness is uncommon however lethal. 

“The viruses that trigger EVD are situated primarily in sub-Saharan Africa. Individuals can get EVD by means of direct contact with an contaminated animal (bat or nonhuman primate) or a sick or lifeless particular person contaminated with Ebola virus,” Washington state well being officers mentioned. 


The Ebola virus is extremely contagious and may be contracted by means of bodily fluids equivalent to vomit, blood or semen. The virus can dwell within the semen of male survivors for greater than three years, in line with a examine within the New England Journal of Medication, and well being specialists say as outbreaks turn into extra frequent, it’s vital to know extra about the way it’s contracted.

That mentioned, the danger of getting Ebola in the US may be very low, officers careworn. 

The Related Press contributed to this report. 

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