3 in San Diego being monitored for Ebola symptoms

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SAN DIEGO – Three of 19 travelers who returned from West Africa were being monitored in San Diego County under California’s new Ebola guidelines, health officials said.

The three are considered to be in a low-risk category under guidelines issued this week by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Wilma Wooten told City News Service.

During a news conference at the Health and Human Services Agency, Wooten said one of the three is from San Diego and the other two are visitors to the area.

She said the unidentified individuals were in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea but did not come into contact with any Ebola patients.

Under the new CDC protocols, their health must be monitored for three weeks, Wooten said.

Representatives of the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency call the three individuals twice a day to have them take their temperature, Wooten said.

“If they had a fever, we would send them straight to a hospital for isolation and further testing,'' Wooten said.

The HHSA also checks for symptoms like headaches, vomiting or diarrhea.

She said that of the three, one is leaving San Diego on Friday and will be monitored by health officials at an undisclosed destination. A fourth person just concluded the 21-day monitoring process.

A fifth, who reported a fever, underwent an investigation and it was determined the patient was suffering from another illness, she said.

“Everybody's been cooperative,'' Wooten said.

These are the first five people to have been scrutinized for Ebola symptoms in San Diego County, she said.

The monitoring period begins when the individual returns to the U.S. from one of the afflicted West African countries, she said.

California health officers ordered a 21-day home quarantine policy for all returning medical workers or travelers who had contact with a confirmed case of Ebola in West Africa, Los Angeles Times reported.

The order was issued Wednesday by state officials and was similar to a series of measures issued by other state governments in accordance to the public fear of Ebola.

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