NY, New Jersey issue stronger Ebola quarantine

Robert Garrett, left, President & CEO of the Hackensack University Health System and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, second left, listen as Mary O'Dowd, commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services addresses a gathering at Hackensack University Medical Center Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Hackensack, N.J. Christie has signed an executive order to create a joint response team to coordinate on Ebola preparedness in the state. Christie also said Wednesday morning that there is no indication that a West African passenger taken to a Newark hospital Tuesday has been infected by the virus. Christie says he expects that the patient, who had reported symptoms of having potential exposure to the virus, will be released from the hospital after he is interviewed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

NEW YORK (AP) — The governors of New Jersey and New York have issued a mandatory quarantine for travelers who have had contact with Ebola-infected patients in West Africa.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo say a health care worker who had contact with Ebola patients in Africa already has been quarantined after landing at Newark Liberty Airport in New Jersey on Friday. Health officials say she later developed a fever but tested negative for Ebola in a preliminary test.

Any person traveling from the three hard-hit West African nations who had contact with infected or possibly infected people will be quarantined for 21 days. This includes doctors.

It will be coordinated with local health departments.

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