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Ebola-Quarantined Family in Dallas Now Under Armed Guard

October 3rd 2014

The four-member family that hosted the Dallas Ebola patient is now under armed quarantine after disobeying a request from authorities not to leave their home.

Crews have yet to decontaminate the apartment due to inadequate permitting, according to the Associated Press.

"We didn't have the confidence we would have been able to monitor them the way that we needed to," Texas State Health Commissioner David Lakey said about the need for the unusual order.

The family — including a woman, her 13-year-old son and two nephews in their 20s — were ordered Wednesday to stay in their apartment for 21 days, the incubation period for Ebola, unless local or state health officials approved them to leave, USA Today reports.

The quarantine order also mandates that family members provide blood samples and complete any other required testing. Supplies have been delivered to them until the order expires on Oct. 19.

"Who wants to be locked up?" the woman, identified as Louise Troh, asked the AP.

"I'm not sick with Ebola," she told CNN in an interview that aired Thursday evening, saying that she wanted "for them to leave me alone, leave my kids alone."

The sheets and towels used by Thomas Eric Duncan, the Ebola patient who visited the family and has a relationship with the woman, have yet to be collected, she said.

Troh and her family will be relocated before their apartment can be cleaned, a city spokesman told the AP without providing information on where they would go. A hazardous material crew said they would return Friday to decontaminate the apartment after failing to get proper permits Thursday evening.

Jesse Byrnes writes for The Hill, from where this article is adapted.


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