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Ebola health workers "exceptional " - UN official

From: BBC
UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon
UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon

(elbcradio.com/Liberia/Oct. 28, 2014)-United States (US) officials have introduced fresh Ebola treatment guidelines for US medics returning from affected areas will be actively monitored, but will not be quarantined.

The Ebola Treatment Guidelines were introduced Monday, October 27, 2014 in the United States of America.

It comes following criticisms over the treatment of a nurse placed in isolation after returning from the three worst affected West African countries, including Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

The nurse, Kaci Hickox, freed of any symptoms, claimed she was made to feel like a criminal when she arrived back in the US Friday.

Responding to the decision to quarantine Ms. Hockox, the UN Secretary General's spokesman, described Ebola health workers as "exceptional people" and "should not be subjected to restrictions not based on science".

However, the new guidelines, introduced by the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention, were immediately rejected by the Governor of the American city, New Jersey.

In the US, quarantine decisions are ultimately made at a state level. 

The BBC's Gabriel Gatehouse reports from Monrovia in Liberia: ''Ebola robs its victims of their dignity.''

 


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