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White House Pushes States to Rescind Ebola Quarantines

The fight over the ebola response reached new levels Sunday, as the Obama administration tried to pressure New Jersey and New York to rescind their quarantine protocols.

One administration official — speaking on the condition of, wait for it, anonymity — called the decision from Governors Chris Christie and Andrew Cuomo “uncoordinated, very hurried, an immediate reaction to the New York City case that doesn’t comport with science.”

Per the New York Times, the administration has spoken to Cuomo privately about the quarantines and has been trying to reach Christie.

The two states announced quarantine measures for health care workers returning from west Africa after a New York City doctor tested positive for ebola late last week, arguing that the CDC’s self-quarantine guidelines were inadequate.

However the quarantine immediately became a public relations challenge as a nurse quarantined after arriving in Newark tested negative for the virus and lambasted the disorganized system.

Thus far the two governors are sticking with the quarantine system, and have since been joined by Illinois and Florida.

Watch the report from CNN, below:

[h/t New York Times]

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