California Issues Quarantine Policy for Ebola Exposure

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Anyone arriving in California from an Ebola-affected area and who has had contact with a person infected with the deadly virus will be quarantined for 21 days, according to a new order issued today by the state’s public health director.

The mandate gives county health officials the ability to screen passengers arriving from Ebola-stricken regions in West Africa, or who have worked with infected patients, to determine if they’re at risk for the disease and should be quarantined for the virus’ three-week incubation period.

Failure to comply with a quarantine order could result in misdemeanor criminal charges, according to the order.

The order provides a more nuanced set of guidelines than the controversial blanket quarantines in states such as New Jersey and New York.

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