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Oklahoma Health Officials Establish Ebola Protocol

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma health officials say persons at high risk of exposure to the Ebola virus will be subject to a 21-day, in-home quarantine, but that no quarantine will be required for others at lower risk.

The state Department of Health has adopted guidelines for monitoring health care workers and others who provided care to Ebola patients in West Africa. The guidelines mirror federal rules that set four categories of Ebola contact.

Oklahoma's epidemiologist, Doctor Kristy Bradley, said Wednesday that only people in the highest risk category will be quarantined in their homes for 21-days. Those include persons who have provided care for a patient diagnosed with Ebola and may have had a needle stick or direct contact with blood or bodily fluids.

Bradley says people at lower risk will undergo self-monitoring.