Liberia: U.S. CDC Lifts Travel Restriction On Liberia

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is no longer recommending that US residents avoid nonessential travel to Liberia. However, the CDC recommends that US residents practice enhanced precautions when traveling to Liberia, according to a CDC bulletin issued a fortnight ago.

It said although the risk to travel to Liberia “is extremely low,” there is the possibility of reintroduction of Ebola into the country. “Certain travelers, such as senior citizens, people with underlying illnesses, and people with weakened immune systems, should consider postponing travel,” the CDC cautioned.

It recommended that people traveling to Liberia should visit a travel medicine provider, ideally 4 to 6 weeks before leaving the U.S. to discuss health recommendations based on their medical history and travel plans. The CDC also advised those returning to the United States to observe the policies for enhanced entry screening and recommendations for symptom monitoring by state and local health departments. The current guidance will continue to apply to travelers who have visited Liberia within 21 days of entering the United States, the CDC said.

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