The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that, following reports last month of an unexplained illness largely impacting a group of funeral attendees, the CDC has received positive test results for Neisseria meningitidis. To date, all test results are negative for Ebola and only funeral attendees and close contacts of attendees have tested positive for Neisseria meningitidis.
Health officials are monitoring the situation closely as the incubation period for meningococcal disease (2-10 days) has almost ended. Liberian authorities responded quickly to the outbreak using the health surveillance, emergency management, workforce development (FETP), and laboratory infrastructure developed by the CDC and other public health partners during the Ebola outbreak.
As with any potential health hazard, travelers to Liberia are encouraged to review the general background information and symptoms of the disease at the CDC’s website: www.cdc.gov/meningococcal/ and report to their doctor immediately if they or a family member experience similar symptoms. The CDC recommends routine meningococcal vaccination for children but has not recommended vaccination for adult travelers for what appears to be a limited outbreak.
To obtain Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel notices, call the CDC at 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636) from within the United States, or 1-404-639-3534 from overseas, or visit the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/travel.
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