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Washington D.C. Quarantine Station


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) operates a quarantine station in Washington, D.C. The station’s jurisdiction includes all ports in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Quarantine Station Activities

  • Coordinate public health responses (e.g., the emergency repatriation of U.S. citizens from Lebanon).
  • Act as the program and agency representative at high-level meetings and workgroups in Washington (e.g., meetings with Homeland Security Council).
  • Respond to reports of illness on airplanes and maritime vessels (cruise and cargo).
  • Conduct tabletop exercises with local partners to ensure port and community preparedness for infectious diseases that could result in a pandemic.
  • Partner with other federal agencies, local and state health departments in preparedness activities about quarantine and isolation at ports of entry.
  • Review medical records of immigrants and alert state and local health departments of specific medical conditions requiring evaluation or treatment.
  • Conduct training for local partners regarding migrant health-related processing and emergency preparedness.
  • Assist local agriculture officers to screen international cargo and hand-carried items for potential vectors of human infectious disease.

Ports of Entry Statistics 2009

Washington-Dulles International Airport Arrivals

  • 24 international airlines
  • ~50 international flights daily
  • Service from 43 international destinations
  • 6.2 million international passengers annually
  • 52% increase in immigrants and asylees
  • 9.3% average yearly growth in international passenger traffic over the last 5 years

Other Ports of Entry

  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
  • Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport
  • Richmond International Airport
  • Port of Baltimore
  • Port of Newport News
  • Port of Norfolk
	Washington DC

Contact Information

(703) 661-1320 24-hour access

On call: 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

Office Hours of Operation: Monday–Friday: 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. ET

International Airport

P.O. Box 20081
Washington, DC 20041

Fax: (703) 661-5095