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October 21, 2014
Dissemination of Ebola virus via commercial air travel - new paper

A new paper published today in The LancetAssessment of the potential for international dissemination of Ebola virus via commercial air travel during the 2014 west African outbreak by Bogoch et al concludes that decision makers must carefully balance the potential harms from travel restrictions imposed on countries that have Ebola virus activity against any potential reductions in risk from Ebola virus importations.

Exit screening of travellers at airports in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone would be the most efficient frontier at which to assess the health status of travellers at risk of Ebola virus exposure, however, this intervention might require international support to implement effectively.