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Volume 23, Supplement—December 2017
Global Health Security Supplement

US Federal Travel Restrictions for Persons with Higher-Risk Exposures to Communicable Diseases of Public Health Concern

Laura A. VonnahmeComments to Author , M. Robynne Jungerman, Reena K. Gulati, Petra Illig, and Francisco Alvarado-Ramy
Author affiliations: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA (L.A. Vonnahme, P. Illig, F. Alvarado-Ramy); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Reston, Virginia, USA (M.R. Jungerman); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Seattle, Washington, USA (R.K. Gulati)

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Table 1

Criteria for placement and removal from federal public health travel restrictions, March 2015*

Criteria for placement Criteria for removal
Be known or likely infectious with, or exposed to, a communicable disease that poses a public health threat Proven noninfectiousness or no longer being at risk for becoming infectious (by documented laboratory confirmation, lapse of known period of infectiousness, or lapse of incubation period without development of symptoms)
AND meet 1 of the following 3 criteria
1) Be unaware of diagnosis, noncompliant with public health recommendations,
or unable to be located
2) be at risk for traveling on a commercial flight, or internationally by any means
3) travel restrictions are warranted to respond effectively to a communicable 
disease outbreak or to enforce a federal or local public health order.

*Criteria were obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (3).

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