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article imageNine in Conn. ordered quarantined, monitored for Ebola

By Martin Laine     Oct 23, 2014 in Health
Nine people, including a family of six, have been ordered to stay in their homes for the next three weeks while public health officials check for signs that they have contracted the Ebola virus. None of them have shown any signs of the illness so far.
“The individuals will be in quarantine for 21 days, during which time they will be actively monitored by public health officials,” said William Gerrish, a spokesman for the Connecticut Dept. of Public Health, in an article in the Hartford Courant.
The family of six returned home to West Haven, Ct., Saturday, landing at JFK International Airport in New York after a trip to West Africa. Officials of the Transportation Security Administration notified the state DPH that the family had traveled in one of the three countries in the Ebola Hot Zone — Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea — though which one was not identified.
The other three travelers were students at Yale University in New Haven, Ct., according to an article in the New York Times.
West Haven Mayor Edward M. O'Brien said the quarantined individuals will check their temperatures and be called twice a day by local public health officials to check on their condition. He emphasized that none of them have shown any signs of illness thus far.
“They are not showing any symptoms as of now,” he said. “This is more of a precautionary measure.”
New state guidelines issued just last week by Gov. Daniel P. Malloy require all travelers who have been to West Africa and coming into Connecticut be quarantined at home for 21 days. Those who show any signs of illness will be sent to a hospital and kept in isolation until the incubation period for Ebola has expired.
Meanwhile, Connecticut has created an Ebola website to keep residents informed about the latest news concerning the virus, according to the Hartford Courant. It also contains information about how it can be contracted, symptoms, and precautions to guard against contracting the virus.
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