|NYS Health Department says two more people are subject to mandatory Cuomo ebola quarantines. No details given.|
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NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH UPDATE ON NEW YORK’S EBOLA MONITORING AND PREVENTION EFFORT
ALBANY, N.Y. (December 7, 2014) - There are currently no cases of Ebola in New York State, and the New York State Department of Health continues to work with federal, state, and local agencies to ensure that New York remains Ebola free while New Yorkers are protected from any possible spread of the disease in the state.
“Protecting the well-being of New Yorkers is the State’s top priority, and we are continuing to exercise an abundance of caution when it comes to dealing with Ebola,” said Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. “I commend the brave men and women who have gone overseas to help contain and treat this terrible disease, as well as those who are working to ensure the public’s health and safety here at home.”
“New York is proud of its citizens who have answered the call to help those who so desperately need their care in Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa and is grateful for their efforts,” said Acting Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker.
The New York State Department of Health continues to screen individuals traveling from Ebola-affected countries in partnership with our federal partners. Based upon the history of exposure to Ebola the individual may be monitored or quarantined for 21 days. Any individuals that exhibits symptoms will be immediately transported to a specially designated hospital.
To date, New York has had only one patient with Ebola who was successfully treated at Bellevue Hospital Center and is now free of the virus. All of the workers who cared for the patient at Bellevue are now past their 21-day monitoring period and all are also Ebola-free.
In addition, a total of five individuals have been quarantined and monitored for symptoms of Ebola, none of which have developed symptoms. Two asymptomatic individuals traveling from Ebola-affected countries have been identified as meeting New York State’s quarantine criteria. One returned this weekend and has agreed to voluntary in-home quarantine for the remainder of the 21-day evaluation period. A second person scheduled to arrive later in the month is also expected to voluntarily quarantine in-home. Both reside outside of New York City. Including the patient treated at Bellevue, the returning travelers will be the seventh and eighth individuals quarantined for Ebola monitoring or isolated for Ebola disease in New York State.
Since the Commissioner’s Order was issued on October 27th, more than 1,110 individuals have received enhanced screening for the Ebola virus of which 525 have been or are being monitored by health officials.
New York State will continue to monitor travelers from Ebola-affected countries arriving in New York.
Contact: The New York State Department of Health
518 474 7354, ext. 1
Monica Mahaffey, Acting Director
Public Affairs Group
New York State Department of Health
518.474.7354 ext. 1