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Ebola Quarantines Have New Guidelines

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Nurse Kaci Hickox was quarantined even though she didn't have a fever. Nurse Kaci Hickox was quarantined even though she didn't have a fever.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is not backing down from his decision to quarantine Hickox. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is not backing down from his decision to quarantine Hickox.

 By: Emily Pacillo

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now has new guidelines on the quarantine of people who may have been exposed to Ebola.  These guidelines are meant to clear up some of the confusion on how to treat people possibly exposed to Ebola.                                                             Nurse Kaci Hickox was ordered to be held in quarantine  at Newark Airport in New Jersey by Governor Chris Christie after she returned from treating Ebola patients in West Africa.  Her attorney, Norman Siegel, says her quarantine was unnecessary and taken too far.

"In our case with Kaci, if her temperature is normal, there's no reason to be restricted.  If there are symptoms, you deal with it differently.  I'm not opposed to the fact that the government has the power to use quarantine.  They just have to do it correctly, and so far, they bungled it," said Siegel.

Governor Chris Christie, however, is not backing down from his decision to quarantine Hickox.

"Listen, if you're there and you're treating folks, and you come into direct contact with the virus, you need to quarantine for 21 days.  That's it.  That's safe.  That's common sense.  That's what people should be doing and that's what they're going to do if they come into Newark Airport in New Jersey," said Christie.

Hickox has now been released from quarantine and is back home in Maine.  However, Hickox is refusing to follow quarantine rules saying shewill not isolate herself for 21 days because she has shown no signs of being infected.  She is going to court Thursday morning to challenge the rules as violating her rights.

The new CDC outlines four main risk levels under the new guidelines:

  1. "High risk" for those with direct exposure to infected fluids of an Ebola patient; which means that these people should isolate themselves.
  2. "Some risk" for those living with OR within three feet of a patient without wearing protective gear.
  3. "Low or non-zero risk" is anyone traveling from a country with widespread Ebola.
  4. "No identified risk" is people that could have had exposure to a person with Ebola before they were showing symptoms or traveled to West Africa more than 21 days ago.

Christie says that he has no regrets about his decision, and the state's regulations will not change.

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