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Michigan Region 8 Epidiemiologist, Scott Schreiber recently submitted the report, Ebola: Traveler Health Monitoring, to The Guardian of Public Health. In the report he discusses collaborations and requirements by MDHHS and local health departments in Michigan in an effort to successfully implement Ebola Preparedness and the Traveler Evaluation and Monitoring program.
This report was submitted by Scott Schreiber, Region 8 Epidemiologist, MDHHS
Since October 22, 2014, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and Michigan’s local health departments (LHDs) have collaborated on the monitoring of individuals returning to Michigan with recent travel in a country with widespread Ebola transmission*. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires these travelers to enter the United States through one of five designated international US airports of entry, where they are provided with a Check and Report Ebola (CARE) kit containing a thermometer, temperature and symptoms log, and contact information for the health department of their destination state. MDHHS is notified of new travelers on a daily basis via Epi-X and, in turn, notifies the appropriate LHD.
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