Connecticut declares preemptive Ebola health emergency, allows quarantines

The Citizen Media

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Connecticut governor Dannel Malloy.(AFP Photo / Jared Wickerham)

Connecticut’s governor declared a public health emergency in the Nutmeg State. The precautionary order, signed by Gov. Dannel Malloy, allows public health officials to coordinate a targeted quarantine in case Ebola arrives in the state.

The Democratic governor’s order ‒ which is not in reaction to any specific case of the virus ‒ gives Department of Public Health Commissioner Jewel Mullen the power to quarantine any person or group who may be exposed to or infected withEbola.

“We are taking this action today to ensure that we are prepared, in advance, to deal with any identified cases in which someone has been exposed to the virus or, worst case, infected,”Malloy said in a statement.

“Our state’s hospitals have been preparing for it, and public health officials from the state are working around the clock to monitor the situation…

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