NY Encouraging Africa Travel for Ebola Aid Workers

NEW YORK (AP) -

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a plan Thursday to encourage health care professionals to travel to West Africa to treat Ebola patients by guaranteeing that they won’t lose their jobs or benefits while they are overseas.

The state will reimburse health workers and their employers for any quarantine time that is required when the workers return home.

Gov. Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Christie announced a mandatory 21-day quarantine last week for travelers who have come in close contact with Ebola patients after a Harlem resident tested positive after returning home from Guinea.

De Blasio said Thursday that the patient remains in serious but stable condition at Bellevue Hospital Center. A total of 117 people were being actively monitored for Ebola in New York City as of Thursday morning.