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US To Track Visitors From Ebola Nations10/22 11:53

   WASHINGTON (AP) -- Stepping up their vigilance against Ebola, federal 
authorities said Wednesday that everyone traveling into the U.S. from 
Ebola-stricken nations will be monitored for symptoms for 21 days. That 
includes returning American aid workers, federal health employees and 
journalists, as well as West African travelers.

   The program will start Monday in six states that represent 70 percent of 
people arriving from Liberia, Sierra Leone and New Guinea, said the Centers for 
Disease Control and Prevention.

   CDC Director Tom Frieden said monitoring would extend to other states in 
coming days and reach "every person coming back to the country for the 21 days 
they are at risk for Ebola," and would continue until the outbreak in West 
Africa is controlled.

   "We have to keep our guard up," Frieden told reporters on a conference call.

   Local and state officials will perform the daily health checks, which may 
consist of keeping up with people daily by phone or visits. The first states 
are New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey and Georgia.

   Individuals arriving from West Africa will receive "care kits" that include 
thermometers, detailed information on how take their temperature twice a day, 
and logs for recording the information. Temperatures must be reported to health 
officials at least once per day, he said.

   Frieden said the message to travelers is: "If you become sick, get care 
quickly because that could save your life and protect your family."

   The kits also will include information on whom to call if symptoms occur and 
a card the traveler can present to health care providers if they need medical 
attention.

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   Associated Press writers Mike Stobbe in New York and Emily Schmall in Dallas 
and Alicia Caldwell in Washington contributed to this report.


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