Saturday, November 1, 2014

Ohio adopts mandatory Ebola quarantine for exposed workers

By Misti Crane
The Columbus Dispatch • Saturday November 1, 2014 5:50 AM
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Nurses, doctors and other health-care workers who return to Ohio after tending to Ebola patients will face a mandatory 21-day home quarantine under Ohio Department of Health rules issued yesterday.

The state’s new protocol is stricter than federal recommendations and adds Ohio to a handful of states, including New York and New Jersey, that have taken a step that some public-health experts have said is overkill.

The new protocol released yesterday also calls for more-stringent monitoring of any travelers coming from the three most-affected countries in western Africa. Those travelers are to be monitored twice daily for fever and other symptoms related to Ebola. Local public-health officials also could institute more restrictions on those people, based on their evaluation of an individual.

Ohio’s plan does allow for exceptions for quarantined health-care workers, based on individual assessments.