Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Preparation in New Hampshire: Update #5

The NH DHHS issued a health alert on September 21, regarding an update on Ebola Virus Disease protocols.

NH Division of Public Health Services (NH DPHS) draws your attention to the following:

Key Points and Recommendations:

1.Effective September 21, 2015, the United States will remove all enhanced screening and monitoring requirements for travelers from Liberia. This update follows a CDC determination that the risk of Ebola importation into the United States by travelers from Liberia is low and that Liberia has implemented effective control and exit screening measures.

2.The NH Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) will no longer routinely contact or monitor travelers from Liberia residing in New Hampshire.

3.Entry screening and monitoring activities will not change for travelers from Guinea or Sierra Leone or for any travelers from Liberia who have also traveled to either Guinea or Sierra Leone within the previous 21 days.

4.On August 27, 2015, the CDC updated their personal protective equipment (PPE) guidance for managing a suspect or confirmed EVD patient by adding detail and clarifying their recommendations. Healthcare providers should review this recently updated guidance.

5.All healthcare facilities and providers should continue to maintain vigilance in screening patients for travel from Sierra Leone and Guinea and promptly report any suspect EVD patient to the NH DHHS Bureau of Infectious Disease Control at 603-271-4496 (after hours 603-271-5300) for consultation.

4 For any questions regarding the contents of this message, please contact NH DHHS, DPHS, Bureau of Infectious Disease Control at 603-271-4496 (after hours 1-800-852-3345 ext.5300).

Click here for the full DHHS alert.