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Monitoring international travelers

Minnesota’s monitoring plan covers people who have been identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as having recently traveled to one of the Ebola-affected areas. All travelers will be placed in one of the two types of monitoring:

Active Monitoring: Travelers being monitored must take their temperature twice daily, watch themselves for symptoms, and immediately tell public health officials if they have a fever or other symptoms. Public health officials are responsible for checking at least once a day to see if travelers have a fever or other symptoms of Ebola.

Direct Active Monitoring: Public health officials conduct monitoring by directly observing the person. This means that a public health official directly observes the person at least once a day to review symptoms and check their temperature; a second follow-up per day can be done by telephone instead of being directly observed.

Monitoring will take place for 21 days past the last possible exposure and could occur on a voluntary basis or be required by a public health order. Travelers will receive active case management that includes twice daily monitoring for symptoms, and will keep a log of their temperature, activities, and close contacts during the 21 days.

People who do not have symptoms ARE NOT infectious. The goal of monitoring is to identify symptoms early.

The Minnesota Department of Health has a weekly Ebola monitoring report.

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For more information, please contact the Health Department at 612-673-2301 or cityhealthpreparedness@minneapolismn.gov

Last updated Dec 15, 2014

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