National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases head Dr. Anthony Fauci had no good explanation for the treatment of a New Jersey nurse, who was quarantined Saturday at the Newark airport after returning from treating ebola patients in west Africa. Fauci, who has criticized the mandatory ban announced by several states, intimated the quarantine procedure, which drew a sharp rebuke from Doctors Without Borders, went against scientific protocol.
Kaci Hickox was initially believed to be symptomatic for ebola, but later tested negative. She has objected to the quarantine conditions, which she said included an unheated tent without a restroom, and has described a lack of coordination and communication from New Jersey health officials.
“I cannot explain that,” Fauci told This Week. “I can just tell you that what we want to do is make sure first protect the American public but do so based on scientific data.”
Fauci repeated his warning that the mandatory quarantines for returning health care workers could have “unintended consequences.
“As a scientist and as a health person, if I were asked, I would not have recommended that,” Fauci said.
Watch the clip below, via ABC News:
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