House says has concerns about New York, New Jersey Ebola quarantine
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[October 27, 2014]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White
House has voiced concern to the governors of New York and New Jersey
about the potential impact of quarantine orders imposed on medical
workers returning from West Africa who had contact with Ebola patients,
a senior administration official said on Sunday.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Governor Chris
Christie made the decisions on Friday after a doctor who treated
patients in Guinea came back to New York infected.
Illinois and Florida said they were also imposing similar steps.
"We have let the governors of New York, New Jersey, and others
states know that we have concerns with the unintended consequences
of policies not grounded in science may have on efforts to combat
Ebola at its source in West Africa," the Obama administration
official said in a statement.
"We have also let these states know that we are working on new
guidelines for returning healthcare workers that will protect the
American people against imported cases, while, at the same time,
enabling us to continue to tackle this epidemic in West Africa," the
The White House will consult further with states as the guidelines
are developed, the official said, "and we expect to have more to say
on this in the coming days."
The White House's concerns were first reported by the New York
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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and
Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, said
on CNN's "State of the Union" program on Sunday that the new steps
could deter healthcare workers from going to West Africa to help
fight the epidemic and that the best way to protect Americans is to
stop Ebola in Africa.
Christie, speaking earlier on "Fox News Sunday," stood his ground.
"We've taken this action and I have absolutely no second thoughts
about it" he said.
(Reporting by Steve Holland and Sandra Maler; Editing by Peter
Cooney and Eric Walsh)
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