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U.S. Quarantines Of Returning Health Workers Made Efforts To Stem Ebola ‘More Difficult’

New York Times: The Unfair Treatment of Ebola Workers
Editorial Board

“…Instead of helping, quarantines [of Ebola workers who returned to the U.S.] actually made the fight against Ebola more difficult by discouraging health care workers from going to Africa. Quarantines and monitoring also needlessly strain state and local health budgets without making the public any safer than self-monitoring would. Health experts around the world are assessing the epidemic in West Africa for clues about how to respond to the next outbreak of an infectious disease that could spread to other countries. Health officials in the United States should study our own response to the epidemic for lessons about what should — and should not — be done when the next germ threatens to hit these shores” (12/5).

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