21-day Ebola monitoring over for Pierce County traveler from West Africa

Health monitoring has ended for a traveler who returned to Pierce County from Ebola-stricken West Africa last month, the local health department said Wednesday.

While the person’s risk of contracting the potentially lethal disease was low, the Tacoma-Pierce County Healthy Department said that as a precaution it would monitor anyone who arrives from such countries for 21 days.

That’s in line with new recommendations from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The 21-day period is over for the Pierce County traveler, who never had a fever or other Ebola symptoms, the health department said.

Officials kept in contact with the person during the monitoring period, but didn’t restrict day-to-day activities, except to keep the person from long-distance travels, such as by plane.