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West Haven family quarantined after traveling in West Africa

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Gov. Dannel Malloy updated the state earlier this month on its statewide Ebola precautions. Gov. Dannel Malloy updated the state earlier this month on its statewide Ebola precautions.

A family of six in West Haven has been quarantined after returning from a trip to an Ebola-affected country in West Africa.

The quarantine is per the governor's orders following the Ebola epidemic, however, West Haven officials said the family members are not showing any symptoms at this time.

The family must be quarantined for 21 days following their return to Connecticut on Oct. 18. City officials said there are no family members enrolled in any school system.

"It will be good for the people who are quarantined to make sure they don't come down with an illness and the people in the community so it won't be spread," said West Haven resident Tim Sayers.

West Haven officials said the family was staying with friends and have been closely monitored by city health officials since they returned home.

It is unclear which West African nation the family was visiting. A relative is reportedly helping the family with basic needs like food and water during their three-week isolation.

The family arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport and officials from the U.S. Transportation Security Administration immediately informed state Department of Public Health officials of the situation.

According to the State Department of Public Health, quarantine involves staying inside of a residence. People who are being quarantined are contacted daily by the local health department to monitor their health and record their temperatures.

Ebola took center stage on Wednesday night as first responders and community leaders gathered at Norwalk City Hall to educate the community about how the city is prepared to handle a situation.

"We're prepared for that kind of situation if and when it does occur," said Tim Callahan, health director for the city of Norwalk. "We are also in communication with the state health department at least twice per week."

Earlier this month Gov. Dannel Malloy declared a public health emergency as a precaution in case someone comes to the state with either a confirmed infection or is at risk for one.

Without the declaration, there is no statewide ability to isolate potentially infected individuals. Instead, the authority would rest with local public health directors, at which point it might be too late to prevent further infections.

The state has launched a website to keep residents informed regarding the Ebola virus, which can be found by clicking here. The site is expected to provide risk information about the infection, maps of West African countries affected by Ebola and more.

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