Arizona, California officials say air travel will be restricted to only those who have been diagnosed with Ebola virus
California’s health department on Wednesday announced a new state law that will restrict air travel for anyone who has been diagnosed as having Ebola, or who has recently traveled from the U.S. to another country.
Doug Ducey’s office announced the measure as part of the state’s response to the outbreak.
The new law will take effect on Thursday.
It prohibits those traveling to or from the United States for a period of at least 24 hours without showing proof of immunity, the state health department said in a statement.
Travelers who have already been diagnosed are allowed to return to the U, Duceys office said.
The announcement came after a U.N. health official said Wednesday that a total of 2,818 people in the U: 476 Americans, and 1,743 Liberians have died from Ebola since it began in Guinea in December 2014.
In California, about 4,000 people are believed to have been infected with Ebola in the state since the start of the outbreak in the West African country.
The state is one of the few places in the country with no travel restrictions in place, despite widespread concern over the virus.
The state Department of Public Health and Sanitation on Wednesday ordered travelers who have tested positive for Ebola to be quarantined for two weeks while they await testing results.
California also plans to send more than 500,000 health workers and staff to Liberia to help fight the spread of the virus, which has also caused a spike in cases and deaths.
The U.K. has said it will also send additional health workers to help combat the Ebola outbreak.