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Gov. Deal issues new policy for travelers from Ebola-affected countries

CUMMING, GA (WALB) -

Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Georgia will increase Ebola monitoring for all in-bound travelers from affected countries on Monday.

In a statement, Deal said he developed a policy with his Ebola response team to more aggressively monitor travelers from affected countries, symptomatic or not, and quarantine if necessary.

If travelers show symptoms, they will be isolated immediately and transferred to a designated hospital for evaluation. If the travelers show no symptoms, they will be divided into three categories for monitoring.

Procedures for each category are listed below:

Travelers will be screened at the airport by quarantine station medical personnel. The screening will include measuring temperature and checking for symptoms of Ebola and history of any exposure to known Ebola patients.

  • Category 1, high risk - Travelers with known direct exposure to an Ebola patient. Travelers in this category will be subject to quarantine at a designated facility.

  • Category 2, low risk - Travelers from affected area with no known exposure to an Ebola patient. Travelers in this category will sign a monitoring agreement with the Georgia Department of Public Health. This agreement requires travelers to conduct temperature and symptom self-checks twice per day and report results to Public Health once per day (electronic, email or phone contact acceptable). Travelers who fail to report during the 21-day incubation period will be contacted by Public Health and issued a mandatory quarantine order if necessary.

  • Category 3 - Medical personnel actively involved in treating Ebola patients returning to the United States. Individuals in this category will be issued a 21-day active monitoring order and will be visually monitored (video communications or home visit) by Public Health twice per day. Public Health will assess for the development of symptoms and adjust restrictions as necessary. Noncompliance will result in quarantine at a state-designated facility.

Georgia's Ebola Response Team is scheduled to meet Wednesday as it continues to evaluate state preparedness and make recommendations.

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