Ebola Outbreak in West Africa & Travel Warning

Apr 30, 2015

Travel Warning and Alert

Level 3 Travel Warning: Guinea and Sierra Leone

Avoid Nonessential Travel.

CDC urges all US residents to avoid nonessential travel to Guinea and Sierra Leone because of unprecedented outbreaks of Ebola in those countries. CDC recommends that travelers to these countries protect themselves by avoiding contact with the blood and body fluids of people who are sick, because of the possibility they may be sick with Ebola. (CDC Travel Warning: Guinea, Sierra Leone)

Returning travelers from Guinea and Sierra Leone.

Traveling to countries where an Ebola outbreak is occurring could affect your ability to return home. Travelers leaving these countriesare being screened at airports before departure.You should be prepared for airport screeners to check your temperature and look for signs and symptoms of illness when you leave the country. You will also be asked to answer questions about possible exposures to someone with Ebola. You will be connected to a health department in your final destination. Public health workers will assess your health and Ebola risk level to decide how best to monitor you for symptoms and what other restrictions may be needed.

Ebola Outbreak

West Africa

The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history, affecting multiple countries  in West Africa. There were a small number of cases reported in Nigeria and Mali and a single case reported in Senegal; however, these cases were contained, with no further spread in these countries. CDC Ebola Outbreak Update: West Africa
WHO Ebola Virus Disease, West Africa Update

Suspected Persons for Ebola Virus Infection


  • 1) Recent travelers from countries with active Ebola virus outbreak within the past 21 days OR
  • 2) Contact with blood or other body fluids of a patient known to have or suspected to have Ebola virus infection within the past 21 days

Signs and Symptoms

  • Fever > 100.4
  • Headaches, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain
  • Unexplained bleeding

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CDC Ebola Virus Fact Sheet


CDC Ebola Virus Website