Ebola Information for Travelers to and from Outbreak Areas

What Travelers should do

All travelers to regions with reported Ebola outbreaks should consult CDC travel advisories before traveling. If you must travel, follow these recommendations to prevent infection. More

When you return

  • Follow airport screening procedures.
  • Once you arrive in Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Department of Health will contact you and depending on which country you traveled to, you may be monitored for Ebola symptoms for 21 days. Cooperate with health officials.
  • Watch for symptoms of Ebola for 21 days. Monitoring lasts until 21 days has passed since you departed from the affected country. This monitoring service is free of charge to you.
  • Travelers who have any symptoms within 21 days of leaving an Ebola outbreak area should stay away from family and close contacts and immediately contact the Rhode Island Department of Health at 401-222-2577, or after hours 401-272-5952.
  • If someone in your family gets sick, try to avoid contact with his or her body fluids (such as blood, vomit or diarrhea). Wash your hands with soap and water often after caring for, or cleaning up after, someone who is sick with Ebola symptoms.
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For Healthcare Workers Traveling to West Africa

Healthcare workers going to an affected country to assist with outbreak control should consult CDC guidance for healthcare workers in Africa and follow all recommendations, which may include taking part in specialized trainings and recommendations and precautions to take prior to and upon arrival within the United States. More

For Families with Ties to Outbreak Regions

When speaking, emailing, or writing to family and friends overseas, share everything you know about how Ebola is transmitted and how it can be prevented. Encourage them to see a doctor whenever they are sick and to allow visiting health officials in their homes. Mixed information is circulating in affected countries, as well as in the United States, and you can help your friends and family in Rhode Island and overseas to calm fears and be safe by sharing correct information and encouraging them to seek help if they are at risk. More