NEWS Louisiana bars Ebola researchers from conference


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Thirty Ebola experts who traveled recently to West Africa, including an official of the World Health Organization, have been banned from attending a New Orleans medical meeting about infectious diseases.
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has warned doctors and others who returned recently from Liberia, Guinea or Sierra Leone that they should not attend the annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene this week in New Orleans.
In a letter to people who registered for the conference, Louisiana officials said they were trying to prevent people at the conference from infecting others with Ebola. Anyone who travels to Louisiana within three weeks of visiting West Africa will be confined to their hotel rooms, the letter says. Ebola has an incubation period of up to 21 days.
"We see no utility in you traveling to New Orleans to simply be confined to your room," says the letter, signed by Kathy Kliebert, state secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals, and Kevin Davis, director of the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. :eek:

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