After You Travel

There are outbreaks of Ebola in North Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and N’Zérékoré Prefecture, Guinea. If you were in these areas, you may have been exposed to Ebola during your travels.

Due to the current Ebola outbreaks, CDC has issued an Order requiring airlines to collect and provide to CDC contact information for passengers who were in DRC or Guinea within the 21 days prior to their arrival in the United States. CDC will securely transmit this data to state, territorial, and local health departments at the passenger’s final U.S. destination. Public health officials may contact you for health monitoring or other public health follow-up. Learn more about this Order.

Ebola spreads through direct contact with blood or body fluids (saliva, semen, sweat, feces, vomit, and others) of a person who is sick with or has died from Ebola.

If you have traveled from the outbreak area, pay attention to your health for 21 days after you leave the outbreak area. Watch for:

  • Fever
  • Headaches
  • Body aches
  • Sore muscles
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomachache
  • Feeling very weak or tired
  • Unexplained bleeding or bruising

Record your temperature and symptoms every morning and night for 21 days.

What to Do if You Get Sick After Travel

If you develop signs and symptoms of Ebola

  • Separate yourself from others (isolate)
  • Call your local health department immediately and tell health officials about your recent travel and your symptoms. The health department will tell you where you should go for medical care. The health department will also help the facility prepare to provide care for you, while also protecting other people who may be in the office or hospital.
  • Do not travel until cleared by health officials.