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Let me circle back on what I wrote about on Sunday: good news on Ebola.

As predicted, virtually all the Texas quarantines and monitorings of possible exposed people ended yesterday - including for the family members of the late Thomas Eric Duncan, who had closest contact with him just before he was hospitalized on September 28th. This is not only good news for the people involved. In particular, it shows that we may be on the receding end of the current scare. And more generally it tends to confirm what we know about Ebola: that prior to its end stage, it is not that easy to contract. And because of that, outbreaks can be contained.

Also notable is that we are at 13 days since Duncan died. The quarantine period for Ebola is 21 days. But symptoms appear for most victims after 8-10 days. That suggests it is increasingly unlikely that more health care workers will come down with Ebola from exposure to Duncan, though we won't know that for sure until the middle of next week.

As the epidemiologists have warned from the start, we're not really safe here as long as the epidemic is raging out of control in West Africa. But here, the news is good.

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With the real and disturbing news that at least two (it's possible there could still be more) Dallas health workers contracted Ebola during the care for Eric Thomas Duncan, there's some very notable and very good news that is getting much less attention. Today is October 19th, the last day of the quarantine for the family members who were living with Duncan just before he was hospitalized.

I don't know precisely when today public health authorities will end the quarantine or precisely how they will handle it. But as far as we know, according to news reports as recently as yesterday, none of the family members have shown any symptoms of the disease. So we can now say close to definitively that none of them contracted Ebola even though they were living with him in close quarters as he entered the infectious period.

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