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Following return from Africa, LSU employee volunteers for quarantine

4 years 8 months 1 week ago Thursday, October 16 2014 Oct 16, 2014 October 16, 2014 7:29 AM October 16, 2014 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Trey Schmaltz

BATON ROUGE- An LSU employee will be in voluntary quarantine and his temperature will be checked twice a day, the Department of Health and Hospitals said late Wednesday.

The worker, in LSU's National Center for Biomedical Research and Training, returned from Liberia Tuesday. LSU asked him not to return to campus until after the CDC-recommended time period where symptoms of Ebola arise. Quarantines are set for 21 days.

LSU said the move was precautionary since the man did not come in contact with anyone known to have Ebola.

The employee was training Liberian police about how to deal with hazardous materials and was only in contact with law enforcement officials while in West Africa.

"DHH staff has interviewed him. He did not have contact with any individuals infected with Ebola and nor is he risk for Ebola," a DHH spokesperson said.

"In talking with him, we confirmed that he understands the signs and symptoms, and knows what to watch for. Our staff will be doing incremental symptom checks with him out of an abundance of caution."

The state said they advised the man to call 911 if he begins to feel ill and not drive himself to a hospital. There is a counseling line also set up should he want to talk to someone about what is going on, DHH said.
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