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Utahns self-quarantined after return from Africa, not showing symptoms

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Posted at 12:14 PM, Oct 30, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-30 19:18:35-04

UTAH COUNTY, Utah - A group of Utahns are "actively monitoring" themselves daily after returning from areas in the Ebola outbreak.

It is one of the mechanisms the National Centers for Disease Control has established in an effort to keep track of those returning to the US from places in Africa where the deadly Ebola virus has been very active.

Overall that is a very low percentage of the number of air travelers who fly into the US every year.
Now, when someone is arriving from West Africa, they are routed to one of five airports in the US sanctioned by the CDC.
Upon arrival they undergo a medical screening and interview.

After that, if everything is OK, they are allowed to return home.  Ebola travel procedures

At that point they are asked to self-quarantine for 21 days, keeping an eye on their temperature and overall health.

Hudachko says the goal in all of this is to try and stop the spread of Ebola where it began, in Africa.
He stressed the active monitoring is a volunteer situation.

CDC officials said they do not want to discourage people from going over there, doctors and health care workers in particular, by stigmatizing them when they return to the US.