Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Quarantine Station staff respond to reports of sick travelers at 18 United States international airports, and land ports of entry, where most international travelers arrive. Here, CDC Quarantine Public Health Officer, Diana Lu, assesses a sick traveler who has just arrived at the Los Angeles International Airport from another country. She is trained to ask such questions as: “When did the fever start? Any other symptoms? In what countries have you been recently?”. This picture earned photographer, Kenta Ishii, a First Place award, in the in the 2016 CDC Connects, Public Health in Action Photo Contest, in the category of Domestic Programs.
“Isolation and quarantine help protect the public by preventing exposure to people who have or may have a contagious disease.
- Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.
- Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.
Twenty U.S. Quarantine Stations, located at ports of entry and land border crossings, use these public health practices as part of a comprehensive Quarantine System that serves to limit the introduction of infectious diseases into the United States and to prevent their spread.”
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