All passengers bound for the United States from Uganda will be redirected to one of five airports to undergo screening for the Ebola virus. This revives Ebola measures previously implemented by US federal health authorities in 2021 on passengers from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Guinea.

Five airports designated for Ebola screening

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Washington Dulles is Ebola screening passengers from Uganda

Washington Dulles Airport is one of the five Ebola screening locations for passengers arriving in the US from Uganda. Photo:  Joe Ravi via Wikimedia Commons

The airport screenings, which come into effect a few hours after this article is published, were ordered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and followed by an alert from the US State Department. On Thursday, the US Embassy in Uganda issued a Health Alert which said:

“As of October 6, at 11:59 p.m. ET, all US-bound passengers who have been in Uganda in the 21 days prior to their arrival will be routed to one of the following designated airports: New York (JFK), Newark (EWR), Atlanta (ATL), Chicago (ORD) or Washington (IAD) for enhanced screening. Out of an abundance of caution, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will apply new layers of screening at these five US airports in response to the Ebola outbreak in Uganda.”

At the outset, it should be noted that the Health Alert says Ebola cases have only been confirmed in Uganda and “no suspected, probable, or confirmed cases of Ebola have been reported in the US, and the risk of Ebola domestically is currently low.” In the two weeks since this outbreak surfaced, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday that “so far, 63 confirmed and probable cases have been reported, including 29 deaths. Ten health workers have been infected, and four have died.”

Quoting an official familiar with the plan, The New York Times reported that airport screenings were expected to begin on Thursday, but the travel restrictions will not go into effect until next week. The report also said that 62% of air passengers who have been to Uganda already go through the five designated airports.

According to the CDC alert, there are no direct flights from Uganda to the US, so the concern is with passengers entering the US on flights connecting from other countries. The enhanced screening applies to all passengers, including US citizens, lawful permanent residents, and visa holders, including those holding Diplomatic and Official visas.

No vaccine, so what about the rest of the world?

Tails of two Uganda Airlines CRJ jets

Travelers leaving Uganda are being screened for Ebola as the first line of defense for keeping it contained. Photo: Getty Images

Heightening concern is that current approved vaccines and treatments target the Zaire species, which has been the primary source of previous outbreaks. However, those are ineffective against the Sudan species, which is the variant now circulating in Uganda. There are vaccines in development that target the Sudan species, although the New York Times reports less than 200 doses are readily available for clinical trials. This is eerily similar to what US health officials faced with the recent Monkeypox outbreak when the inability to get hold of a suitable vaccine hampered their initial response.

The primary method of containing the spread of Ebola via air transport is exit screening at Ugandan airports, including the international gateway of Entebbe International Airport (EBB). Flightradar24.com shows international flights leaving EBB today operated by airlines including EgyptAir, Emirates, flydubai, Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Turkish Airlines and KLM.

With Covid still seared in memory banks, how long before other countries follow the US lead and impose screening restrictions on flights from Uganda?

Source: New York Times, Flightradar24.com

Source: simpleflying.com

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