Reports: Two area nurses who returned from Eboloa-stricken areas of Africa self-monitoring, show no symptoms
SEATTLE — Two area nurses who returned from treating Ebola patients in Africa are being monitored, two reports show. Neither is showing no symptoms, but is voluntarily restricting their movements to minimize any possible risk to others, the Seattle Times reported and La Conner Weekly reported.
Under new federal CDC guidelines, health care workers returning from West Africa who are not sick will not be confined, but will be instructed to report their temperatures and presence or absence of any Ebola symptoms, including headaches, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting or lack of appetite.
James Apa, of Public Health — Seattle & King County, said one Seattle-area nurse is taking her temperature twice a day and reporting to the health department, but that she is not confined and not being tested for Ebola.
The Seattle Times cited Dr. Jeff Duchin, communicable-disease chief for Public Health — Seattle & King County — for the information.
According to the Times, Duchin said the nurse had treated patients with Ebola in Africa and had just returned to the United States. She will be monitored through the disease’s 21-day incubation period.
Skagit County Public Health is also monitoring a nurse who who recently returned from Africa. That nurse, who was in LIberia, contacted the health department when she returned.
Health officials said she was at “low or no risk of exposure” to the disease, but is also self monitoring for fever or illness until 21-symptom free days have elapsed.
There are currently five people in the state who are currently self-monitoring for Ebola, the La Conner Weekly reported.