The World Health Organization declared Guinea free of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) as of December 29,
2015. Given the significant wane in EVD earlier this year and this new announcement, the New York
State Department of Health will no longer be monitoring travelers from Africa from this point forward.
Therefore, effective immediately, 911 Centers and EMS providers are no longer required to routinely
inquire on a callers/patients travel history.
Particularly as we enter flu season, every patient should still be assessed for the presence of cough,
fever, or flu-like symptoms and appropriate PPE precautions taken accordingly. Those with fever,
cough, or flu-like symptoms should still be asked about any recent travel, as such information is an
important part of their history and your risk stratification for any emerging infectious diseases.
The State Health Commissioner’s Orders from October 2014 are still in place, however they have been
subsequently modified such that training is required at the time of hire and then on an annual, and not
monthly basis (see Attached). All other aspects of the Commissioner’s Order remain in place.
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CDC Guidance on PPE
CDC Interim Guidance EMS Systems and 9-1-1 Public Safety Answering Points
CDC Detailed EMS Checklist for Ebola Preparedness
CDC Guidance on Medical Waste Management
New York State
NYS DEC Guidance on Medical Waste Management
Presentation by Dr. Isakov on EMS Transport and Care of Patients Ill with EVD
AMR Ebola Website