When upon you are instructed by the CDC not to leave your house because you have been exposed to the Ebola virus, leaving your house is stupid. Don’t do it.
Four members of a family the U.S. Ebola patient was staying with were confined to their Dallas home under armed guard Thursday as the circle of people possibly exposed to the virus widened.
Liberian authorities, meanwhile, said they would prosecute the man for allegedly lying on an airport questionnaire.
The unusual confinement order was imposed after the family failed to comply with a request not to leave their apartment, according to Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.
Texas State Health Commissioner David Lakey said the order would help ensure the four can be closely watched, including checking them for fevers over the next three weeks.
“We didn’t have the confidence we would have been able to monitor them the way that we needed to,” he said.
The family will not be allowed to receive visitors, officials said.
The case has raised questions about whether a disease that has killed 3,300 people in West Africa could spread in the United States. U.S. health officials say they remain confident they can keep it in check.
A woman who lives in the apartment, Louise Troh, said she has been quarantined with her 13-year-old son and two nephews.
“Who wants to be locked up?” she said in an interview with The Associated Press.
No one wants to be locked up. No one wants Ebola, either. Seeing as one can be fatal while the other is almost assuredly not, you should probably cowboy the fuck up for the measly 13 days you’ll be sitting around your apartment. And if you can’t, the government will put armed guards outside your home to make goddamned sure you do.