Texas nurse returning from Ebola mission to be quarantined

 A female nurse who just returned to the US state of Texas after caring for Ebola patients in West Africa will voluntarily self-quarantine herself at home for the next three weeks, Governor Rick Perry has said.

IANS| Updated: Oct 30, 2014, 12:39 PM IST

Houston: A female nurse who just returned to the US state of Texas after caring for Ebola patients in West Africa will voluntarily self-quarantine herself at home for the next three weeks, Governor Rick Perry has said.

Perry made the announcement in a statement released Wednesday. But he did not name the nurse or identify the city where she is in quarantine, Xinhua reported.

The nurse, who has not shown any signs of the disease, agreed on the home quarantine and the twice-daily monitoring for potential symptoms by the Texas department of state health services, the statement said.

It noted that her work in West Africa placed her at "some" risk under the protocols of the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

Texas, once the epicentre of the Ebola outbreak in the US, has seen three people infected with the deadly virus. The first of them, a Liberian visitor, died early this month at a Dallas hospital. Two nurses who cared for him tested positive for the virus subsequently, sending alarms to the whole country.

The two nurses were then moved to special isolation units out of Texas separately and both were cured and discharged from hospitals later.

Dozens of people in Texas who may have had contact with the Ebola patients are still being monitored for signs of the disease. Their quarantine will end early next month.