October 27th, 2014
06:34 AM ET

N.Y. Official: New Ebola Policy 'A Real Stunner'

A mandatory 21-day quarantine imposed by New York and New Jersey on health care workers returning from West Africa after treating Ebola patients caught local and federal officials by surprise and spurred a heated debate on handling the spread of the virus.

The policy of isolating medical personnel and others arriving from Ebola-affected countries zones was abruptly implemented Friday by the governors of New York and New Jersey, Andrew Cuomo and Chris Christie. The announcement came one day after a New York doctor who treated patients in Guinea became the first Ebola case diagnosed in the city and the fourth in the United States.

The mandate came as a surprise to the federal Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention in Atlanta, according to a federal official familiar with the situation.

"They're not happy," the official said of the CDC. "These two governors said, 'Take this, federal government.' They're very worried we won't be able to get physicians or nurses to go (to countries affected by the Ebola outbreak)."

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  1. allan f guerrero

    thanks for the post

    October 28, 2014 at 9:26 pm | Reply
  2. US MILITARY

    Before the WH criticizes the state and local governments for enacting a quarantine, maybe they should get in touch with the rest of their Executive Branch. Current policy for troops returning from OPERATION UNITED ASSISTANCE is that they will go through a 21 day quarantine (which is the right call).

    October 27, 2014 at 8:00 am | Reply
  3. Greg

    I'm playing the world's smallest violin for sympathy.

    This nurse asked as if she had just gone through Auschwitz.

    I'm sorry that medical tests aren't always 100% accurate and that you have a higher probability of having a disease that has a 70% chance of killing its victims and that you aren't symptomatic yet.

    But let's all be more concerned about your rights to go outside and go to McDonald's or some stupid sh$t

    October 27, 2014 at 7:42 am | Reply

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