Thursday, October 30, 2014

California imposes Ebola quarantine policy

California imposes Ebola quarantine policy

On October 29, 2014, State Health Officer and California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director Dr. Ron Chapman issued a quarantine order and associated guidelines to help prevent any potential spread of Ebola.

“Today we’re establishing a statewide, standard protocol requiring some level of quarantine for those at highest risk of contracting and spreading Ebola,” said Dr. Chapman. “This order will protect the health and safety of Californians and support the state’s local health officers’ existing authority to develop protections against disease spread.”

The order applies to anyone traveling to California from an Ebola affected area, who has had contact with someone with a confirmed case of Ebola. The new guidelines require that persons meeting these criteria are to be quarantined for 21 days. Anyone who traveled to the region, but has not come into contact with a person with Ebola will not be subject to quarantine. An Ebola affected area, determined by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), currently includes Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.