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Oct 28, 2014

CDC says returning Ebola medical workers should not be quarantined

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Federal health officials on Monday revamped guidelines for doctors and nurses returning home to the United States from treating Ebola patients in West Africa, stopping well short of controversial mandatory quarantines being imposed by some U.S. states.

Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), called for isolation of people at the highest risk for Ebola infection but said most medical workers returning from the three countries at the center of the epidemic would require daily monitoring without isolation.

Oct 27, 2014

Without apology, New Jersey releases nurse quarantined on Ebola fears

NEW YORK (Reuters) – With no apology, New Jersey released on Monday a nurse ordered into involuntary quarantine after treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone and drove her home to Maine to complete her 21-day isolation.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie offered no apologies and said he sees no reason to talk to Kaci Hickox, who has sharply criticized her treatment by state officials.

Oct 27, 2014

Pentagon isolates soldiers, nurse quarantined in N.J. to go home

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. military was isolating personnel returning from their mission to help West African countries curb Ebola even though they showed no sign of infection and a nurse who treated patients was being allowed to go to her home state after New Jersey forced her into quarantine.

The decision by the Pentagon goes well beyond previously established military protocols and came just as the White House pushed to roll back steps by U.S. states to quarantine healthcare workers returning from the three countries at the center of the Ebola epidemic even if they were asymptomatic.

Oct 27, 2014

Nurse quarantined in New Jersey to go home, boy in New York to be tested for Ebola

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A 5-year-old boy who arrived from Guinea had a low-grade fever and would be tested for Ebola in New York, while a nurse held in quarantine in New Jersey will be allowed to go home, officials said on Monday.

Nurse Kaci Hickox, held at a New Jersey hospital under the state’s Ebola quarantine policy, does not have any symptoms and can complete her quarantine at home, Governor Chris Christie said on Twitter.

Oct 27, 2014

Boy observed in NYC hospital for Ebola; states firm on quarantines

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A 5-year-old boy who arrived from Guinea was being observed in isolation at Bellevue Hospital in New York City for possible Ebola symptoms, according to media reports Monday, as New York and New Jersey stuck to new plans to quarantine health workers returning from countries hardest hit by the virus.

The boy, who arrived in the United States on Saturday, had a 103 degree Fahrenheit (39 degrees Celsius) fever, ABC News reported. He has not been tested for the virus and was not under quarantine, ABC said, citing New York City health department officials.

Oct 27, 2014

White House questions Ebola quarantines; nurse plans lawsuit

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The White House has told states that have imposed mandatory quarantines for some travelers from Ebola-hit West Africa that the policy could impede the fight against the disease, while the first health worker isolated under the rules planned to sue.

Kaci Hickox, a nurse placed in 21-day quarantine in a New Jersey hospital after returning from treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, will contest her quarantine in court, her attorney said on Sunday, arguing the order violates her constitutional rights.

Oct 27, 2014

New York governor spells out new rules on Ebola quarantine

NEW YORK, Oct 26 (Reuters) – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
on Sunday spelled out the specifics of a new policy to
quarantine some people returning from Ebola-stricken West
Africa, saying the state wanted to protect public safety while
encouraging medical workers to go and fight against disease.

New York will ask healthcare professionals or passengers
arriving in New York who had exposure to people infected with
Ebola and reside in the state to stay in their homes for 21
days, the governor said at a news conference with New York City
Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Oct 25, 2014

Medical worker quarantined in New Jersey under new Ebola safeguards

NEW YORK, Oct 25 (Reuters) – A medical worker quarantined in
New Jersey on her return from treating Ebola victims in West
Africa was being evaluated in a hospital isolation ward on
Saturday after new contagion-control safeguards were imposed for
America’s biggest urban center.

She was the first to be quarantined under a policy imposed
on Friday by the states of New York and New Jersey requiring all
health workers coming from Ebola-stricken West African countries
to be automatically confined for monitoring during the 21-day
incubation period of the virus.

Oct 25, 2014

Two U.S. states to quarantine health workers returning from Ebola zones

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New York and New Jersey will automatically quarantine medical workers returning from Ebola-hit West African countries and the U.S. government is considering the same step after a doctor who treated patients in Guinea came back infected, officials said on Friday.

The steps announced by the two states, which go beyond the current restrictions being imposed by President Barack Obama’s administration on travelers from Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea, came as medical detectives tried to retrace the steps in New York City of Dr. Craig Spencer, who tested positive for Ebola on Thursday.

Oct 24, 2014

NY doctor with Ebola a serious student with funny side, friends say

NEW YORK, Oct 24 (Reuters) – The young doctor diagnosed with
Ebola in New York City is a big-hearted man with a serious
interest in international emergency medicine and a flair for
languages, yet his friends call him “a goofball.”

Craig Spencer, originally from the Detroit area, has
specialized in International Emergency Medicine at the highly
respected Columbia University-New York Presbyterian Hospital
since 2011, according to his online LinkedIn resume.