Gov. Quinn orders mandatory statewide Ebola quarantine

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Governor Quinn has ordered a 21-day home quarantine for all travelers returning to Illinois who had contact with Ebola patients in West Africa.

The order comes a day after a doctor in New York, who treated Ebola patients in Guinea, tested positive for the virus.

Illinois has no confirmed cases of Ebola. However, Governor Quinn calls the mandatory quarantine a necessary measure to protect the people of Illinois.

The governors of New York and New Jersey have ordered similar quarantines.

That announcement comes just as a possible Ebola patient is being monitored in the New York metro area.

A female healthcare worker who recently treated Ebola patients in West Africa was placed in isolation after arriving at New Jersey's Newark international airport yesterday.

The woman initially showed no symptoms of the virus when placed in quarantine, but officials say she developed a fever late Friday night.

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  • Ismael

    I am in favor of putting Quinn In one of those quarantines. The state will not miss Him while He is gone. Madigan can run down the state like He has for about three decades. How can anyone in their right mind and with a little bit of brains vote democrat?

  • Asok Smith

    Just as I’ve been predicting with the following post for two days now:

    “Cuomo’s and Christie’s super rapid bipartisan, no-BS Ebola-stopping policy of “we’re quarantining them all” is interesting on a number of fronts:

    1. It means these two governors realize how serious this situation is, even if that fool Obama doesn’t. These two know that a few more cases like the current one will grind their big cities to a halt.

    2. These two are also daring Obama to come after them. Ordinarily, Obama would have his DOJ sue any other governor for usurping federal authority; he’s done that repeatedly to the southern border states. But Obama’s going to have a REALLY tough time against these two who are in bipartisan league. Not to mention, the country is going to come down REALLY firmly on the side of these two governors and REALLY firmly against Obama. Congressional partisanship has also mostly been rendered moot by their bipartisan action as well.

    3. Unless the three other designated Ebola-entry airports take the same measures as New York and New Jersey, then all West African traffic will shift to those three airports, thereby keeping it out of of NY and NJ. So these two governors have set up a win-win situation for themselves and their states: either the other three airports institute their policies, meaning these two governors have performed the national policy leadership that Obama refuses to exercise, OR all of the Ebola traffic shifts out of their two states. If that’s not a stroke of genius, I don’t know what is.

    4. Obama has now been totally bypassed and essentially rendered irrelevant on the Ebola issue.

    5. Most of the “Progressives” that have been railing against quarantines by viciously attacking anyone calling for such measures will suddenly start supporting the quarantine position (“We’ve ALWAYS been at war with Eastasia”).

    Basically, what these two governors have done is a game-changer at the national level.”

  • Franklin

    As I expected the voluntary method did not prevent the people that should have known better from going around on public transport and putting all at risk. This is a very dangerous situation, if Ebola gets into the slums around the world it could be as bad as the plague of the 1300’s. While there is not cure, the governor did what needed to be done for public safety. If you are concerned go to Africa and do something about it.

  • B Hack

    This is the silliest set of posts in history. Ebola is spread by direct contact with bodily fluids of a person who is symptomatic. In West Africa family members wash and prepare bodies for burial putting them at significant risk. If someone were to bleed on an El very few Chicagoans will rush over to clean up the person. There are currently only a handful of confirmed cases in the US and the only people who caught the disease were doctors and nurses. Ebola has died out in three African nations with far less medical care. Even the WHO is more concerned that affected areas will associate Ebola with vaccinations and will not receive vaccinations for more dangerous preventable diseases. There have been multiple Ebola and similar viruses outbreaks over the past 25 years and they burn out fairly quickly. I am not minimizing the horrible nature of the disease, but in terms of risk to society this does not merit this hysteria.