Gov. Pat Quinn is defending the state’s new quarantine rules for potential Ebola cases. Those rules require anyone who came into contact with an Ebola patient’s bodily fluids without protective gear to be quarantined in their home for 21 days, which is the longest possible incubation period for the virus. Quinn says it’s a necessary precaution. “Having this mandatory period I think is the best way to go,” Quinn said.
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“It’s common sense. We should not have optional or voluntary situations if someone’s been directly exposed to the virus.” New York and New Jersey have imposed restrictions that cover all medical workers who return to the U.S. after treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia. Illinois’ rule will not apply to workers who wore protective gear. Quinn says no one in Illinois has been quarantined since the policy was put into place Friday.