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Rwanda Starts Screening All U.S. Visitors for Ebola

This week, an elementary school in New Jersey forced two student to stay at home because they recently moved to the United States from Rwanda because parents were concerned they might have been infected with Ebola (despite the fact that Rwanda is thousands of miles from the West Africa region currently experiencing the outbreak). Now, the country of Rwanda appears to be returning the favor.


In a message posted to the U.S. Embassy in Rwanda’s website Tuesday, the Rwandan Ministry of Health introduced its new Ebola screening procedure:

Visitors who have been in the United States or Spain during the last 22 days are now required to report their medical condition—regardless of whether they are experiencing symptoms of Ebola—by telephone by dialing 114 between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. for the duration of their visit to Rwanda (if less than 21 days), or for the first 21 days of their visit to Rwanda. Rwandan authorities continue to deny entry to visitors who traveled to Guinea, Liberia, Senegal, or Sierra Leone within the past 22 days.

Any visitors who have a temperature above 99.5 degrees will not be permitted to enter the country. “We urge U.S. citizens who may have a fever or who have traveled to countries where an Ebola outbreak has occurred to weigh carefully whether travel to Rwanda at this time is prudent given measures to screen incoming visitors,” the website states. “Please note neither the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs nor the U.S. Embassy have authority over quarantine issues and cannot prevent a U.S. citizen from being quarantined should local health authorities require it.”

Unlike the United States, Rwanda has had zero reported cases of Ebola.

[h/t Salon]
[Photo via Wikimedia Commons]

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