Louisiana Tells Anyone Who’s Been Exposed to Ebola: Stay Away

Louisiana is set to host one of the year’s biggest gatherings of infectious disease experts next week, but anyone’s who’s recently been to West Africa won’t be welcome.

A pair of top state officials wrote a letter to the more than 3,500 members of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene who planned to attend the conference this week, warning them to stay away if they’ve had potential Ebola exposure.

“In Louisiana, we love to welcome visitors, but we must balance that hospitality with the protection of Louisiana residents and other visitors,” wrote Kathy Klieber, Louisiana’s secretary of Health and Hospitals, and Kevin Davis, director of the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.

“We do hope that you will consider a future visit to New Orleans, when we can welcome you appropriately,” they wrote in the letter, which was first reported by Bloomberg News.