Oct 28, 2014 7:27 AM

Federal health official says states have options

The Associated Press


A top administration health official is defending U.S. policy on Ebola in the wake of criticism about conflicting federal-state rules.

Dr. Anthony Fauci says local officials are within their legal rights to impose more severe restrictions on people who have possibly been infected. He refuses to characterize the more stringent pursued by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as a "mistake."

Fauci tells ABC's "Good Morning America" that states are putting forth good-faith efforts to protect their citizens and he won't criticize anybody's choice "to go the extra mile" for public safety. At the same time, Fauci says he believes the federal policy is based on "solid science."


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