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Oregon Aligns Quarantine Rules With CDC's Ebola Recommendations

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its recommendations for dealing with Ebola a number of times.

The latest recommendations were released Monday.

Paul Lewis is the public health officer for Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington Counties. He told OPB's Think Out Loud that local and state officials are trying to align Oregon's guidelines and laws with the new CDC recommendations.

"And they're very very similar in spirit in that it actually stratifies people as being at very high risk, such as health care workers who've actually been poked by needles. Versus low risk people who happen to have been in one of the affected countries, weren't sick themselves and had no contact," he said.

"Those at the higher risk are put in voluntary home quarantine with twice daily monitoring for illness. Those at the very low risk do the ongoing monitoring, but unless there are exceptional circumstances, their activities are not limited."

Oregon has not seen any cases of Ebola.

Six local health systems have been designated to deal with a case, should one arrive -- OHSU, Providence, Peace Health, Samaritan, Legacy and Kaiser Permanente.

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