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October 27th, 2014
09:16 PM ET

Ebola survivor: Mandatory quarantines a 'disincentive' for Ebola volunteers

A battle of words broke out over the weekend between Kaci Hickox, who returned home from Ebola-ravaged West Africa only to be ordered into quarantine, and Republican governor Chris Christie. The nurse told CNN that her "basic human rights have been violated" and that Christie himself was responsible.

CDC officials stopped short of issuing nationwide quarantine rules, instead issuing new guidelines that set levels of risk for returning travelers - guidelines to help those states that are currently monitoring travel from West Africa.

But, should health care workers coming from West Africa be quarantined?

In an interview with CNN's Erin Burnett, Dr. Rick Sacra says a mandatory quarantine would be a 'disincentive' for people to travel to West Africa to treat Ebola patients.


Filed under: Ebola • Health • International • News
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  1. BCK

    Give me a break – the reason for quarantine is to protect your fellow citizens from ebola.. To ensure that this horrible sickness does not spread here. If you have a problem being quarantined – then you should not be in the medical field on any level. I am so tired of these self serving hypocrites who go over to halt it's progression in Africa,yet come back and not take precautions here. Same goes for travelers on any level civilian or other. This is routine in many situations , It's basic common sense. It has nothing to do with your civil or emotional rights or how you are being maltreated or singled out. It's base common sense that if there is even a remote risk to others that you take precautions to protect those around you. If unchecked or no precautions are taking think about this- If you infect two people and they each infect two people ? It's simple math. Now get off the soapbox and make a decision on how really serious you are about helping your fellow man. Why are you there ? Can you follow through and return and continue on with the quarantine as required? If not then move out of the way for the real professionals who will. There are a lot of people who will go through this procedure for the real reasons. Right about now you should be checking your ethical compass so the rest of us don't wind up dashed on the rocks of your ego.

    October 30, 2014 at 8:17 pm | Reply
  2. S. Galante

    Ms. Burnett,
    I want to thank you for being out front about the Ebola crisis on your show last night. I personally think that both Kaci Hickox and Dr. Rich Sacra were wrong. I am sure that when Dr. Spencer came back from Africa, he didn't show signs either. He got sick anyways. In his travels he went bowling, on the subway and in a taxi, if I remember correctly. Ms. Hickox on the other hand did have a fever, I don't care if it was because she was frustrated as she claims, or if it was because she just had a general fever. Although it is true that someone with Ebola is only contagious when they are presenting symptoms, exactly when is that magic moment? The one doctor said he started feeling sick at 10:30. Does that mean that at 10:29 he wasn't contagious? I personally think Ms. Hickox is a glory hound. For the President to criticize the 2 governors that were just being proactive is mind numbing especially since it has been released that all of the US military that come back from those same countries will be forced into a 21 day quarantine whether they show symptoms or not, is contrary to everything he says. Let me be forthright, I am a Conservative who has never voted for a Democrat for president, although I have voted for Democrats in other congressional and senatorial races.
    Thank you,
    Stephen A. Galante

    October 28, 2014 at 3:47 pm | Reply

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