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www.wmfd.com - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued new guidelines it hopes will clear up some of the confusion on how to treat a person who has potentially been exposed to Ebola.

   
 
 
CDC Issues New Guidelines For Travelers From Ebola Countries

Story By: Larry Stine

 

 

 
 
 
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued new guidelines it hopes will clear up some of the confusion on how to treat a person who has potentially been exposed to Ebola. The CDC has come out with new guidelines it says will help protect America from the spread of Ebola. The changes coming as nurse Kaci Hickox, who tested negative for Ebola, is released from her controversial 21-day quarantine. A mandate that allowed New Jersey health officials to isolate her in this tent for three days after treating patients in West Africa with the group, Doctors Without Borders. "Quarantine of a healthy aid worker who presents no symptoms does not present a danger to society," says Sophie Deluanay, Doctors Without Borders Executive Director. Under the new guidelines, the CDC outlines four main risk levels. "High risk" for those with direct exposure to infected fluids of an Ebola patient, "Some risk" for those living with, or within three feet of a patient without wearing protective gear. The third is a low but non-zero risk, meaning anyone traveling from a country with widespread Ebola. The fourth category includes people with "no identified risk," but could have had exposure to a person with Ebola before the person was showing symptoms, or who traveled to West Africa more than 21 days ago. The CDC believes the changes will better determine when individuals should be routed to care. Health officials are holding a 5-year-old boy for additional testing after an initial test for Ebola came back negative. He was being treated at Manhattan's Bellevue Hospital in New York City along with New York doctor, Craig Spencer, who contracted the virus in Guinea. "We did the cautious thing and brought the child in under the protocol," says New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. Mewnwhile, ICU patients have been transferred to NYU Langone Medical Center. According to Bellevue, there were not enough nurses on staff to handle both ICU patients and Ebola patients. The CDC says active, 21-day monitoring began Monday in the six states where about 70 percent of air travelers enter the United States from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, hard-hit countries in West Africa. Those states are New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey and Georgia.

   
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