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A nurse put into isolation on her return from treating patients in Sierra Leone expressed anger at the way she was dealt with at Newark airport.
Kaci Hickox, of medical charity Doctors Without Borders, said the experience was frightening, and described seeing a "frenzy of disorganisation, fear and most frightening, quarantine".
She said she was kept in isolation at the airport terminal for seven hours and given only a cereal bar to eat.
….Hickox is a nurse who had been working with Doctors Without Borders in Sierra Leone. Officials said she was taken to a hospital after developing a fever, but Hickox said she was merely flushed because she was upset by the process.
…."Coercive measures like mandatory quarantine of people exhibiting no symptoms of Ebola and when not medically necessary raise serious constitutional concerns about the state abusing its powers," said Udi Ofer, executive director of the ACLU of New Jersey.
Doctors Without Borders said Hickox has not been issued an order of quarantine specifying how long she must be isolated and is being kept in an unheated tent. It urged the "fair and reasonable treatment" of health workers fighting the Ebola outbreak.
Ebola nurse 'made to feel like criminal' on return to US
Kaci Hickox tests negative but stays in New Jersey isolation
ACLU raises concerns over ‘abuse of police powers’
….Hickox, a volunteer nurse with Doctors Without Borders, was stopped at Newark airport in New Jersey, where she told an immigration official she had travelled from Sierra Leone. She endured several hours of questioning from officials wearing protective coveralls, gloves, masks and face shields. Her temperature was taken, and registered 98F. Then, she said, her temperature was taken a second time.
“Four hours after I landed at the airport, an official approached me with a forehead scanner. My cheeks were flushed, I was upset at being held with no explanation. The scanner recorded my temperature as 101,” she wrote.
Hickox said she was left alone in a room for another three hours before being taken to the hospital, where her temperature was again recorded. This time it was 98.6F.
“I sat alone in the isolation tent and thought of many colleagues who will return home to America and face the same ordeal,” she wrote. “Will they be made to feel like criminals and prisoners?”
….Doctors Without Borders, known internationally as Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), has warned against a mandatory quarantine on medics returning from Ebola-stricken countries, saying it would be an “excessive measure”.
….Guidelines set out by MSF state that returning medics should stay within four hours of a hospital with isolation facilities, but do not require that they avoid crowds so long as they do not display symptoms.
“As long as a returned staff member does not experience any symptoms, normal life can proceed,” the organisation says. “Family, friends, and neighbors can be assured that a returned staff person who does not present symptoms is not contagious and does not put them at risk. Self-quarantine is neither warranted nor recommended when a person is not displaying Ebola-like symptoms.”
….De Blasio told the same press conference that American medical professionals helping to tackle the outbreak in west Africa “are the people who will end this crisis”. He said: “We have to make sure that that flow of medical personnel can continue.”
…. the CDC had tightened its monitoring requirements for those arriving in the US from the three west African countries hardest hit by the outbreak. The new monitoring system goes into effect on Monday in six states – New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey and Georgia – and will eventually be expanded across the country.
The new (CDC) guidelines will require anyone who flies from Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea – regardless of whether they are exhibiting symptoms – to check in daily with state and local health officials. They will be required to report their temperatures and the any appearance of Ebola-like symptoms, such as severe headaches, fatigue and diarrhoea. They will also be required to consult with health officials if they need, or want, to travel.
originally posted by: DJW001
a reply to: soficrow
So you are outraged that someone was temporarily quarantined against her will, while others are outraged that Eric Duncan and a couple of nurses were not quarantined against their will. Nothing like an epidemic to help people think clearly....
originally posted by: Wildbob77
I think that there should be a 21 day quarantine period for returning health care workers.
But, lets make it like a club med so it's actually a 21 day vacation with all the amenities as a reward for their work as well as protection for the rest of the country
originally posted by: intrptr
"Checking in", self motoring, and self quarantine have been proven not to work.
People are going to do what they want, regardless.
The good doctor who claims to have not know he was infected should have either known or erred on the side of safety and hunkered down. They say he was taking his temperature, surely he had some idea he could be exposed. But he still goes for train rides in a major city.
...The fact that health care workers who should know better are putting others at risk leads me to believe that they're just trying to convince themselves that nothing is wrong.
originally posted by: Lil Drummerboy
Well since it seems to be that most of these healthcare workers dont have the greatest respect for others like the doctor that treated ebola victims then comes back to the US and freely roams around NY with out a concern in the world putting thousands at risk, or the nurse that flies to Cleveland and back to Dallas with a fever, tells me that something had to be done to force the situation. I am not for a police state, however, this is why government ends up stepping in cause the masses are idiots.