SHARE: How Many Cases are Going Unreported? Bucks County Health Department Monitoring Three for Ebola Symptoms

The three people, who recently arrived to Bucks County from western Africa, are being monitored under a new CDC screening protocol.

Bucks County Health Department Monitoring Three for Ebola Symptoms

In what is being described as a “proactive step,” the Bucks County Health Department is monitoring three people for symptoms of the Ebola virus, the Bucks County Courier Times reports.

The three people, who recently arrived to Bucks County from western Africa, are being monitored under a new CDC screening protocol. County health officials will be contacting the visitors and keeping track of their temperature and overall health, the Courier Times reported.

There have been three confirmed cases of Ebola in the United States. Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian man visiting Texas, died from the virus in a Dallas hospital earlier this month. Two nurses who treated him later tested positive for the virus.

Scientists and doctors have warned that chances of a widespread outbreak are unlikely.

This week, the Department of Homeland Security established travel restrictions to prevent an influx of the virus in the United States. Passengers flying into one of the five airports from flights originating in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea are now subject to secondary screening and added protocols, including having their temperature taken, before they can be admitted into the United States.

Currently, there are no direct, non-stop commercial flights from Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea to any airport in the United States.