Rwanda To Start Screening Spain & U.S. Visitors For Ebola

To prevent the rapid spread of the Ebola virus, Rwanda has now implemented a screening requirement for Spain and United States’ visitors. Rwandan officials state that they will start the process for those who’ve traveled to the aforementioned countries within 22 days of their arrival date to the central African country, which was put into effect on Sunday (Oct. 19). The country’s embassy website also released a statement concerning the health legislation: On October 19, the Rwandan Ministry of Health introduced new Ebola Virus Disease screening requirements. Visitors who have been in the United States or Spain during the last 22 days are now required to report their medical condition—regardless of whether they are experiencing symptoms of Ebola—by telephone by dialing 114 between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. for the duration of their visit to Rwanda (if less than 21 days), or for the first 21 days of their visit to Rwanda. Rwandan authorities continue to deny entry to visitors who traveled to Guinea, Liberia, Senegal, or Sierra Leone within the past 22 days. The World Health Organization said there are nearly 10,000 “confirmed, probable, and suspected” reports of those that’ve contracted the Ebola virus. This news comes days after the U.S. announced their own screening at five national airports in cities including Newark, New York, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., and Chicago.