The home stretch

Responding to Ebola

On a Monday evening in mid-March, Justin’s plane touched down in Indianapolis, returning him to the familiar embraces of his wife and two young sons.

He had followed all of the protocols, undergoing screening at the airport in Newark, New Jersey, and notifying his state and local health departments of his recent travel and return. The next morning, the Masts received a visit from a Marion County Public Health Department nurse who interviewed Justin and coordinated a conference call with Indiana State Department of Health staff on which they all agreed that Justin was in the “some risk” of exposure category because he had been treating Ebola patients, but had always worn the proper personal protective equipment and had never had an experience that gave him reason to believe he had been exposed to the virus. For three weeks he would be required to have Skype video calls with county…

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