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Obama warns against strict quarantines for Ebola workers

October 30, 2014
Nancy Youssef, Lesley Clark, Tony Pugh | McClatchy Newspapers
President Barack Obama called for health care workers returning from treating Ebola patients in West Africa to be treated as “the heroes that they are,” amid continuing confusion and public anxiety over state health measures that call for some to be confined to their homes.
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Joint Chiefs Chairman Urges 21-Day Quarantine for Troops Working in Ebola Zone

October 29, 2014
Helene Cooper, Michael D. Shear | The New York Times
Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, recommended to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Tuesday that all members of the armed services working in Ebola-stricken West African countries undergo mandatory 21-day quarantines upon their return to the United States.
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Obama urges praise for U.S. health workers fighting Ebola

October 29, 2014
Christi Parsons, W.J. Hennigan | Tribune Newspapers
President Obama urged Americans on Tuesday to set aside their fears of Ebola and make sure that U.S. healthcare workers who go to West Africa are "applauded, thanked and supported" when they return home.
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White House, states quarrel over power to quarantine

October 28, 2014
Josh Gerstein | Politico
The White House threw a fit this weekend when two governors defied its Ebola policy and ordered mandatory quarantines of aid workers returning from West Africa.
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CDC recommends looser Ebola monitoring than state quarantines for health workers

October 28, 2014
Christi Parsons, Tina Susman | Los Angeles Times
The federal government announced new guidelines Monday for monitoring healthcare workers returning from West Africa that are far less restrictive than the quarantines that some states put in place for aid workers at risk of contracting Ebola.
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CDC sets new protocols for healthcare workers and airport screenings

October 22, 2014
The Department of Homeland Security has directed travelers entering the U.S. from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea to five airports for further screening before entering the country. The new travel protocol comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new safety plans for healthcare workers. Gwen Ifill speaks with Dr. Thomas Frieden of the CDC.
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Can the U.S. healthcare system do as well against Ebola as Nigeria's just did?

October 22, 2014
Doyle McManus | Los Angeles Times
Two. That’s the total number of known Ebola cases in the United States today — the two infected nurses from Dallas’ Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, Nina Pham and Amber Vincent.
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From the Vault: The SARS Epidemic

Air Date: 
April 25, 2003
As the Ebola fear and response grows, we look back in the Washington Week Vault to April 2003 when the United States was battling another epidemic: SARS, severe acute respiratory syndrome. As SARS spread from China, we discussed the worldwide spread and economic impact of the disease.
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