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CDC Issues Guidance For Monitoring HCWs, Others Coming To U.S. From Ebola-Hit West African Nations

News outlets report on new CDC guidelines for monitoring health care workers and others coming to the U.S. from Ebola-hit West African countries.

Agence France-Presse: U.S. modifies Ebola guidelines after quarantine uproar
“U.S. health authorities have issued new guidelines for health workers returning from Ebola-hit nations after a firestorm of criticism over state quarantine restrictions, including from the U.N. chief…” (Sheridan/Fortin, 10/28).

Financial Times: U.S. issues guidelines over Ebola
“…The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is leading the U.S. Ebola response, published the guidance on Monday after days of disagreements between the federal government and state governors…” (Jopson, 10/27).

The Hill: CDC wants tight restrictions on only high-risk Ebola workers
“…Only individuals known to have direct exposure to the disease, such as a family member who cared for an Ebola patient without protective gear, are told to remain home under the new recommendations. Health workers are only required to self-isolate if they had direct exposure — for example, if a needle-stick punctured their protective gear or if contaminated fluids accidentally splashed into their eyes or mouth…” (Viebeck/Ferris, 10/27).

New York Times: Seeking Unity, U.S. Revises Ebola Monitoring Rules
“The federal government on Monday tried to take charge of an increasingly acrimonious national debate over how to treat people in contact with Ebola patients by announcing guidelines that stopped short of tough measures in New York and New Jersey and were carefully devised, officials said, not to harm the effort to recruit badly needed medical workers to West Africa…” (Tavernise, 10/27).

PBS NewsHour: CDC offers new guidelines for U.S. health workers returning from West Africa — Part 1
“…Along with New York and New Jersey, the state of Illinois, which has no Ebola cases so far, announced its own quarantine plan for those who’ve come in contact with Ebola patients abroad. Four other states, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and Georgia, stopped short of outright quarantines, but ramped up their monitoring efforts…” (Woodruff, 10/27).

PBS NewsHour: Understanding the U.S. guidelines on Ebola quarantine — Part 2
“…[Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said,] ‘The CDC is really indeed working very closely with state health authorities and other local health authorities to try and get a coordination to all of this. But it has always been the situation where the CDC sets the base below which you can’t go’…” (Woodruff, 10/27).

Reuters: CDC says returning Ebola medical workers should not be quarantined
“…The Obama administration’s new guidelines are not mandatory, and states will have the right to put in place policies that are more strict. Some state officials, grappling with an unfamiliar public health threat, had called federal restrictions placed on people traveling from Ebola-affected countries insufficient to protect Americans and have imposed tougher measures…” (Wolfhurst/Morgan, 10/27).

Wall Street Journal: CDC Rejects Mandatory Ebola Quarantines
“…The CDC announcement came as the Obama administration sharpened its criticism of states that decided to forcibly quarantine medical workers returning from West Africa. Senior administration officials say mandatory quarantines could dissuade volunteers from going overseas to offer much-needed assistance in Ebola-stricken countries…” (McKay et al., 10/27).

Washington Post: No unity over Ebola monitoring of travelers
“The Ebola quarantine controversy has become a chaotic brawl involving politics, science and the law. The rules on quarantining health care workers returning from West Africa are changing almost daily and varying according to geography and political climate. The Pentagon announced Monday that Army personnel returning to their home base in Italy from Liberia will be held in quarantine for 21 days — even though none have symptoms of Ebola or were exposed to patients infected with the virus…” (Achenbach, 10/27).

The Hill: Three more states set Ebola restrictions (Ferris, 10/27).
New York Times: Two Governors’ Shifts on Ebola Are Criticized as Politics, Not Science (Zernicke/Kaplan, 10/27).
Wall Street Journal: Cuomo Shifts From Christie Over Ebola Quarantines (Orden et al., 10/27).
Washington Post: The Insiders: Governors take a stand against Ebola and the president (Rogers, 10/27).

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