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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A Texas nurse, who had been working with Ebola patients has returned home from Sierra Leone. She has agreed to self-quarantine at home for the next 21 days and undergo twice-daily monitoring from the state health department, according to Governor Rick Perry’s office.
Although the nurse is showing no signs of the disease, she is at “some” risk of developing the disease, according to CDC protocols. Commissioner of Texas Department of State Health Services, Dr. David Lakey, met the unidentified nurse after she landed at Austin-Bergstrom Airport. Her name is being withheld for privacy reasons.
Governor Perry also talked with the nurse over the phone to thank her for working on the “front lines” to fight Ebola.
“In Texas, we have a great tradition of welcoming our heroes back home and this heroic individual deserves our appreciation, our compassion, and our utmost respect,” said Gov. Perry in a statement. “The tremendous work that she and so many other health care workers are doing in West Africa is making life better for those in afflicted countries and helps protect the rest of the world from the spread of this terrible disease; they are doing vitally important work that makes us all proud.”
Perry says the nurse’s voluntary quarantine should not discourage other health care workers from visiting West African countries to help fight the disease.
“This health care hero has made a great sacrifice in traveling abroad to minister to those who are suffering,” said Perry. “Even now home in Texas, she continues to demonstrate her selflessness by agreeing to quarantine herself and further protect her fellow Texans.”
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