Ebola nurses head home as CDC releases interim monitoring guidelines

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ATLANTA, Georgia – Two Ebola nurses are going home, one after surviving the virus, and the other after surviving New Jersey’s quarantine without Ebola.

Amber Vinson is the Texas Health Presbyterian nurse who’s been in Emory University Hospital in Atlanta for more than a week recovering from the virus. She’s heading home with a clean bill of health.

Kaci Hickox had to hire lawyers to spring her from quarantine in Newark where she landed after treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone. She tested negative twice for Ebola. Her hospital in Maine has now cleared her to go home.

Now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has come out with some interim guidelines for monitoring, meaning these could change at any time.

Isolation is for a person believed to be infected, or actually showing symptoms.

Quarantine is for when there is reason to believe there’s been exposure to Ebola, even though no symptoms are showing.

Under Controlled Movement, travel should only be done on a private, chartered plane or private vehicle, with arrangements for uninterrupted, active monitoring.

And with Active or Direct Active Monitoring, there’s either voluntary or mandatory monitoring with local or state health authorities in charge.

And remember that guy in Dallas who did his Halloween decorations like an Ebola hazmat site?

He says he wanted to raise money for Doctors Without Borders and for Texas Health Presbyterian hospital. But both organizations are saying “boooo”, and don’t want anything to do with him.

Guess the whole idea kind of spooked them.