Liberian visiting Oak Park told to watch for Ebola symptoms

The Detroit News

Oakland County health officials said Friday that a Liberian man visiting a relative in Oak Park does not show symptoms of the deadly Ebola virus.

The Oakland County Health Division said officials learned about the man from the Michigan Department of Community Health, which had been informed by the Centers for Disease Control, according to a statement.

The man, who has not been named, entered the United States through an airport in New York City, where he "was screened in accordance with CDC protocol before being permitted to enter the country," officials said. "The man said he had had no contact with anyone known to have the Ebola virus and was observed to be symptom free at the time of arrival.

"When he landed at Detroit Metro Airport, he was screened a second time by the CDC which showed he remained symptom free."

The CDC has asked the man to self-monitor his symptoms daily, and "out of an abundance of caution," an Oakland County Health Division epidemiologist has been assigned to communicate with him twice a day to monitor his health for at least 21 days, officials said in the statement.

"This is consistent with what we have been training and exercising for and we are working closely with the county," said Jennifer Smith, a spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Community Health.