US doctor: Quarantine can deter Ebola volunteers

Written by Associated Press | Washington | Updated: Oct 28 2014, 01:31am hrs
The top infectious control doctor in the U.S. says mandatory quarantines of health care workers returning from West Africa can have the unintended consequence of discouraging them from volunteering in the Ebola-ravaged region.

Dr. Anthony Fauci is the director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. He says that as a physician and scientist, he would not have recommended quarantine.

New York, New Jersey and Illinois have imposed mandatory quarantines on travelers returning from West Africa who had contact with Ebola patients.

That move followed an Ebola diagnosis in a Doctors Without Borders doctor last Thursday. The doctor is now in isolation at Bellevue Hospital in New York.

Fauci told local media that active and direct monitoring can accomplish the same thing as quarantine.