Texas Ebola task force recommends 4 risk levels

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – A Texas task force on Ebola has recommended against mandatory quarantines for cooperating medical workers not showing symptoms unless they are considered high risk.

Guidelines announced Tuesday in Austin recommend four risk levels for health care workers possibly exposed to Ebola. They are high risk, some risk, low – but not zero – risk and no identifiable risk exposures.

High risk includes exposure to blood or body fluids of a person having Ebola.

Gov. Rick Perry created the Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response after a Liberian man was diagnosed with Ebola.

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Thomas Eric Duncan died Oct. 8 in Dallas. Two hospital nurses who treated Duncan contracted Ebola, were hospitalized and later declared virus-free.

Perry has ordered state health officials to begin implementing the recommendations.