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Calif. Sets 'Flexible' Ebola Quarantine Screening Policy

By    |   Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 10:04 AM

California has joined a growing list of states to set its own Ebola quarantine policy, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Those who are arriving to the state from a known Ebola-impacted area, and who have had direct contact with someone who is infected with the deadly virus must remain in state-imposed quarantine for 21 days, state health official announced Wednesday, the Times reported.

Those who come from the three West African countries that have been most impacted by the virus, but who have not had direct contact with someone who is infected will not be quarantined, according to the Times.

Travelers who have been screened but who do not comply with the state quarantine order could face misdemeanor charges, official said.

California's quarantine differs somewhat from those in place in Maine, New Jersey, Illinois and New York. Officials there, mindful of criticism elsewhere over what some have seen as inflexible blanket quarantines, plan to be thoughtful and selective as they screen potential carriers to make determinations if their exposure fully warrants the three-week sequestration. They will look at people case-by-case during these screenings, officials noted.

"This order will allow local health officers to determine, for those coming into California, who is most at risk for developing this disease, and to contain any potential spread of the disease by responding to those risks appropriately," said California's state department director, Dr. Ron Chapmam, in a statement.

Thus far, two travelers in California have been monitored for possible Ebola exposure, USA Today reported Wednesday. They live in Riverside County and are being followed as a precaution after returning from West Africa, Riverside health officials said. They are considered low-risk and have exhibited no symptoms.

California officials, in setting new guidelines, said their policy is meant to be flexible, Time magazine reported.

"This flexible, case-by-case approach will ensure that local health officers throughout the state prevent spread of the disease while ensuring that individuals at risk for Ebola are treated fairly and consistently," state health officials noted in their statement, according to Time.

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