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NJ, NY announce new Ebola quarantine policy

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NJ, NY announce new Ebola quarantine policy

October 24, 2014, 4:02 PM    Last updated: Friday, October 24, 2014, 11:21 PM
Staff Writers |
The Record

The governors of New Jersey and New York on Friday imposed a mandatory 21-day quarantine on travelers arriving from West Africa who have had contact with Ebola patients, and they immediately detained a health care worker at Newark Airport who flew in from Sierra Leone. She was placed in isolation at Newark’s University Hospital in the evening after developing a fever, authorities said.

“There is no more voluntary quarantine in New Jersey because you can’t count on people to do it.” – Governor Christie

The governors, dissatisfied with current U.S. guidelines, said their actions were necessary to protect their residents after a New York City doctor who had volunteered to treat Ebola patients in Guinea, at the epicenter of the epidemic, was diagnosed with the deadly virus on Thursday night.

Craig Spencer, 33, was being treated in an isolation unit at Bellevue Hospital Center in Manhattan as public health officials worked Friday to trace his contacts back to Tuesday, a period in which he had gone bowling with friends, ridden the city subway and taken a cab.

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