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CDC adding to confusion with Ebola

Posted on October 31, 2014 at 11:12 am

A month after the first case of Ebola was diagnosed in this country, the Centers for Disease Control on Monday announced yet another policy for dealing with the dread disease and people who have been exposed to it while in West Africa. Meanwhile, U.S. Army leaders have adopted their own quarantine policy for returning military personnel and the governors of at least six states are imposing their own restrictions. In

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