Voyagers from Mali will no more face enhanced screening upon landing in the United States, US authorities said on Monday, in a move reflecting the West African country’s gains over Ebola.
Beginning on Tuesday, travelers from Mali won’t need to go to the United States through five particular airports or be subjected to extra screening or checking for the infection, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the US Bureau of Homeland Security said in an announcement.
Authorities said the last Ebola patient in Mali tested negative on December. 5, and there are no other active cases in the nation, which has seen cases of the ailment as a consequence of the flare-up in adjacent Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Enhanced screening from passengers from those 3 countries are still in operation. Also, any individual who went from Mali and entered the United Stated before Tuesday must be screened for the infection for 21 days, the period it takes for symptoms to appear, the announcement said.
“Following isolated cases of Ebola in Mali would not automatically oblige re-institution of these measures, which are utilized just when there is a danger of prevalent transmission,” authorities said.
US authorities established extra layers of airline traveler screening in October as part of an intensified attempt to stop the spread of the infection. Despite the fact that the impact of the outburst is focused in West Africa, the September death a Liberian man who fell sick in Texas shook Americans.