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Stanford doctor quarantined after West Africa trip

Physician who aided Ebola patients volunteers for 21-day near-isolation

California doctors returning from Ebola-stricken areas must be placed on a 21-day quarantine after returning to the U.S., the state Department of Public Health said today.

One Stanford University doctor was placed on a similar quarantine last week before the state's order was issued, and officials are reviewing the details of his quarantine to make sure it complies with the state's order, San Mateo County health officials said today.

Dr. Colin Bucks is one of many health care workers who have traveled to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to help combat the Ebola epidemic here.

To assuage fears that the Ebola virus, which is communicable only through direct contact with blood and bodily fluids, could spread in the U.S., state officials are requiring doctors to undergo a 21-day quarantine.

State officials are evaluating individuals' experience who might have come into contact with the virus and are tailoring the quarantines on a case-by-case basis.

Upon Bucks' return he was cooperative with state and local health officials and agreed to a voluntary quarantine. He is staying home and avoiding contact with others for the duration and is allowed limited activities outside, such as jogging alone, county health officials said.

He is communicating with county health officials daily and so far has shown no symptoms.

"We are very proud of the work this physician has done," San Mateo County Health Officer Scott Morrow said in a statement.

"Health care workers who take care of patients with Ebola are not only helping those affected in West Africa, but also protecting people around the world, including here in the United States, by fighting the outbreak at its source," he said.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by Quarantines-Are-The-Best-Policy
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 29, 2014 at 6:51 pm

> Upon Bucks' return he was cooperative with state and
> local health officials and agreed to a voluntary quarantine.
> He is staying home and
> avoiding contact with others for the duration

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Glad to see that California is imposing a 21-day quarantine on returnees from Ebola-active countries. While this may seem overly cautious to some, those health care workers who have tested positive for Ebola have yet to explain how they actually made contact with the bodily fluids of other Ebola victims, which is supposed to be how the disease spreads. Unfortunately, there are still many unknowns about the origin of Ebola, and there is a possibility that it is spread through the food chain.

Thank goodness this Doctor is acting rationally, and not doing anything that might put others at risk because of his volunteering in these West African countries.


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Posted by HUTCH 7.62
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 29, 2014 at 6:56 pm

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Posted by Chris Kenrick
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 29, 2014 at 7:03 pm

Thank you for your humanitarian service, Dr. Bucks!


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Posted by Agenda
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 29, 2014 at 7:07 pm

Uh, hutch, more than 10,000 people a year die from the flu in the USA, but that does not worry you. One perosn has died in the USA from Ebola and that might have been prevented. Reports are that USA Ebola cases are recovering quicker than the norm. There is no evidence that this doctor has Ebola. Are your u saying he should not have gone to help the sick in Africa?
We should be thanking him for his service instead of trying to fan the flames of hysteria


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Posted by Memories
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 29, 2014 at 7:07 pm

At this point, it's none of our business where he lives.


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Posted by Stop the Trolls
a resident of Mountain View
on Oct 29, 2014 at 7:25 pm

Really, Hutch? You do realize you're at much greater risk from more everyday kind of diseases out there, right? [Portion removed.]


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Posted by Good Grief
a resident of Stanford
on Oct 29, 2014 at 7:28 pm

[Portion removed.] The Dr. Bucks has done amazing humanitarian work and is cooperating fully to protect everyone. If you READ the article you will find that it's a San Mateo County Health Official who is quoted, not Santa Clara Official, which implies he lives in San Mateo County. [Portion removed.]


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Posted by Stop the Trolls
a resident of Mountain View
on Oct 29, 2014 at 7:38 pm

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Posted by doctor who
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on Oct 29, 2014 at 7:47 pm

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Posted by Sea REDDY
a resident of College Terrace
on Oct 29, 2014 at 7:59 pm

Dr. BUCK and the team that is treating/watching him

You are my HEROS!
Hang in there!
Pray for normal life!

Respectfully


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Posted by Quarantines-Are-The-Best-Policy
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 29, 2014 at 8:45 pm

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Posted by Left of Boom
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 29, 2014 at 11:33 pm

Left of Boom is a registered user.

Thank you Dr. Bucks for your service. Since Ebola isn't contagious unless there are symptoms, monitoring would be sufficient. The purpose of the 21 day quarantine is to satisfy the fear mongers.


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