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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

TEXAS ADOPTS EBOLA MONITORING PLAN

Gov. Rick Perry has directed Texas Health Commissioner David Lakey, MD, to implement a four-stage monitoring plan for Texans suspected to have been exposed to Ebola in West Africa. The plan, devised by the governor’s Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response, does not require mandatory, government-imposed strict quarantine for cooperative asymptomatic health care workers unless they meet the "high-risk" category. “The guidance is based on science and on doing what’s right for the people of Texas and for the health care workers who travel abroad to fight this disease,” Dr. Lakey said. The Dallas County Medical Society Infection Prevention and Control & Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee also issued a letter applauding the Texas Task Force recommendation and urging elected officials not to quarantine health care workers who care for Ebola patients.

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