West Haven family under quarantine after trip to West Africa

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West Haven, Conn. (WTNH) — A West Haven family has been quarantined in accordance with Governor’s Malloy’s emergency Ebola orders.

The family of six from West Haven is quarantined for 21 days after returning to the United States from one of the Ebola infected countries in West Africa. The 21 day quarantine is per Governor Malloy’s recently enacted emergency protocol, West Haven Mayor Edward O’Brien told News 8.

O’Brien says the family was screened at Kennedy Airport in New York, and has shown no symptoms of the Ebola virus. The quarantine is purely a precaution.

“We do not have Ebola in West Haven,” O’Brien said.

When asked about the details of the quarantine, Mayor O’Brien responded, “They (the family) have to stay within their home for 21 days. Our health department makes sure they have enough food, and that they’re all set in that manor. Basically, they can’t leave the house for 21 days.”

That also includes a West Haven police officer stationed outside of the home. Mayor O’Brien did not disclose the name of the family, or the address of their home.

We spoke to some West Haven residents who say they’re concerned about what’s going on.

“I think they need to take all the precautions necessary in any case,” said Anthony Vendrella of West Haven.

Others told us they support what the city has done so far.

“If they’re not sure that they’re infected and they’re contagious, then yeah, quarantine them until your sure and once your sure release the quarantine,” said Michael Scarveles of West Haven.

We reached out to the governor’s office for comment on this latest incident.

“These protocols are being utilized under the authority granted to the DPH by the governor’s order,” said the governor’s office in a statement. “The governor has asked to department to act out of an abundance of precaution, and that’s exactly what they are doing.”

The state has also launched an Ebola information website. To reach that website and learn more about Ebola, click here.

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