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Rwanda to Screen US, Spanish Travelers for Ebola

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The East African nation of Rwanda is ordering travelers from the United States and Spain to phone daily medical reports to health officials because of Ebola.

These are the only two countries outside of Africa to report cases of the deadly disease.

Anyone who was been to these two nations must report in to officials for the first 21 days of his or her stay.

Rwanda is currently Ebola-free and determined to stay that way.

It is already banning visitors from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone - the center of the Ebola outbreak. Travelers from Senegal, which has reported at least one case, are also banned from Rwanda.

U.S. Homeland Security officials are requiring all travelers from Liberia, Guinea or Sierra Leone to fly to the U.S. through one of five airports with enhanced Ebola screening.

The airports are in Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Washington, and Newark, New Jersey.

Ninety-four percent of travelers coming to the U.S. from those three countries arrive at these airports even during normal conditions.

Meanwhile, a Dallas, Texas nurse who contracted Ebola from a patient from Liberia was upgraded Tuesday from fair to good condition. She is being treated at a hospital outside Washington.

Nurse Nina Pham contracted the disease from Thomas Eric Duncan - the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States. Another nurse who caught Ebola from Duncan is recovering in an Atlanta hospital.

Separately, a Nebraska hospital says an NBC freelance cameraman is free of Ebola and will leave the facility Wednesday. Ashoka Mukpo has been treated at the Nebraska Medical Center since October 6. He contracted Ebola while working in West Africa.

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