The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed to CNN on Wednesday that officials have directed airlines carrying passengers that have been to certain southern African nations to share those passengers' contact information with the agency.
"Effective November 30, 2021, CDC has directed airline and aircraft operators carrying passengers that have been in the Republic of Botswana, the Kingdom of Eswatini, the Kingdom of Lesotho, the Republic of Malawi, the Republic of Mozambique, the Republic of Namibia, the Republic of South Africa, or the Republic of Zimbabwe during the 14 days before their flight to the United States to transmit these passengers’ contact information to CDC," according to a statement that CDC spokesperson Kristen Nordlund emailed to CNN on Wednesday. "CDC is issuing this Directive to prevent the importation and spread of a communicable disease of public health importance."
Airlines and aircraft operators are directed to transmit passenger information as required under the CDC's Contact Information Collection Order, which was issued in late October, if information is not already being transmitted through established US Department of Homeland Security data systems.
This post has been updated with new details from the CDC.