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SC not part of Ebola quarantine movement

October 29, 2014

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina has not followed the example of those states that are requiring 21-day quarantines for health care workers returning from West Africa after caring for Ebola patients.

Gubernatorial spokesman Doug Mayer told The Greenville News (http://grnol.co/1E0GR42) that South Carolina is sticking with federal guidelines, which call for active monitoring of those workers but no quarantine.

Several states have imposed 21-day quarantines for health care workers returning to the United States, regardless of whether they show signs of the deadly illness.

Mayer says South Carolina will consider adjusting its procedures based on any changes in the federal guidelines.

Dr. Rick Foster with the South Carolina Hospital Association said mandatory quarantines are extreme steps. Foster says based on current information, there is no reason for mandatory quarantine.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued new guidelines calling for health care workers returning from West Africa that include public health monitoring and voluntary at-home isolation of those with high risk of developing Ebola.

Dr. Scott M. Sasser, chairman of the department of emergency medicine at Greenville Health System, said that because Ebola cannot be transmitted by someone without symptoms, monitoring health care workers with no symptoms by public health agencies is enough to protect the public.

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Information from: The Greenville News, http://www.greenvillenews.com

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