Monrovia, Monday June 15, 2015: The United States Embassy near Monrovia has announced the relaxation of screening procedures for passengers travelling to the United States from Liberia, effective June 17, 2015.
According to a release from the Liberian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the U.S. Government says travelers from Liberia will continue to be funneled through five selected U.S. Airports, but screening will be scaled back, while temperature will not be measured and reported on arrival, but contact information will still be left to state authorities.
It says though requirements for active monitoring will end immediately, some local or state jurisdictions may exercise discretion.
The United States Government however urges Liberia to remain vigilant since the threat of a renewed Ebola outbreak will remain in the region, especially until all effected countries reach the equivalent milestone.
The U.S. Government also calls on Liberia to take rigorous surveillance measures, particularly along Liberia’s borders with Sierra Leone and Guinea, as a best defense against the reintroduction of Ebola in Liberia, including maintaining effective entry and exit screening at all points of entry.
The release says although Liberia has been removed from the list of Ebola affected countries, the United States has consistently advocated for a regional approach to the outbreak and has publically stated that the epidemic would have to end in the entire region before any of the three affected countries would be adequately protected from a recurrence of the outbreak.
The U.S. believes Liberia’s success strengthens the determination of the peoples of Sierra Leone and Guinea to continue their efforts to reach Zero cases of Ebola.
The U.S. then congratulates the Government and People of Liberia on reaching the important milestone marked by WHO’s announcement that the Ebola epidemic in Liberia has ended, stressing that the success of the response in Liberia demonstrates that the world can beat the disease if everyone works together and responds quickly with the usage of the right tools including rapid diagnosis, contact tracing, surveillance, isolation of cases, safe and dignified burials, community outreach, and dedication.