Wednesday, October 29, 2014

BREAKING: Stanford Doctor Under Quarantine in California After Treating Ebola Patients in Liberia

This is a developing story. Return to this post for updates.


From ABC News 7 San Francisco:
A quarantine ordered for U.S. troops to make sure they do not have Ebola came on the same day California issued its own quarantine. The state is requiring a 21-day quarantine for people traveling from Ebola-stricken areas who have had contact with infected patients. And one of those now under a modified quarantine on the Peninsula is a Stanford surgeon who recently traveled to Liberia. It's a story we first broke on Twitter Wednesday afternoon.

The Stanford doctor has been identified as a 43-year-old San Mateo County resident and a frequent volunteer with medical missions overseas. While the state didn't issue its mandatory quarantine for Ebola treatments until Wednesday, it appears this case is being treated with some latitude by local health officers.

No federal or state quarantine orders existed when Dr. Colin Bucks returned to the Bay Area last Friday. An emergency department surgeon at Stanford, Bucks had spent a month treating Ebola patients in Liberia.



According to a press release issued Wednesday by the San Mateo County Health System, officials coordinated with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, California Department of Public Health and San Francisco International Airport for the arrival of Stanford surgeon Dr. Colin Bucks late last week.

At the time of Bucks' arrival, no CDC or State quarantine guidelines had been issued. San Mateo health officials said Bucks was cooperative. He and health officials came to an agreement on what seemed reasonable for limited activities.

The health directive issued by the County includes staying away from work and away from close contact with others for 21 days. It allows Bucks limited activity outside of his home, such as jogging alone.

Bucks has been taking his temperature and communicating with San Mateo County Health System staff twice a day. So far, he remains healthy and asymptomatic.

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