Dallas Ebola patient’s relatives are being forcibly quarantined
Four relatives of the first person to be diagnosed with the deadly Ebola virus in the United States have been quarantined in an apartment in Dallas, where sheets and other items that were used by the infected man have been sealed in plastic bags as health officials widen their search for other who may have come into direct or indirect contact with him.
According to Texas officials, the four people had to be forced into quarantine after defying previous orders to remain in their home. This “strict public health control order” was put in place after a member of Thomas Duncan’s family in northeast Dallas reportedly violated earlier requests to stay indoors and not allow any visitors to enter the home.
“We didn’t have the confidence we would have been able to monitor them the way that we needed to,” David Lakey, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services, said. “There is a local law enforcement person at the apartment, in case individuals leave he can notify them, if they leave then you have the possibility of a formal court order.”
“We want to ensure that they are getting regular food, that the house is cleaned, that they are in a proper living environment, and we are taking action to ensure that occurs,” Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said. “There is no perfect response. People are doing their very best, we will quickly improve on the hygiene there.”
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