LFCHD to monitor travelers from Ebola-affected areas

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department says it will soon begin monitoring travelers from Ebola-affected areas of Africa.

The department says it is doing it with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Kentucky Department for Public Health.

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Health officials say travelers agree to be monitored for the required 21-day period after leaving the outbreak area to ensure their safety and the safety of the community.

They say the process will be similar to public health monitoring for Ebola infection done during the last major outbreak of Ebola virus on the African continent in 2014.

According to the department, no travelers have shown any signs of Ebola disease, and most are expected to be at low risk for contracting the virus.