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Members of the Department of Defense's Ebola Military Medical Support Team assist each other with their protective gear during training at San Antonio Military Medical Center on Oct. 24. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

(Bloomberg) — U.S. health officials issued stricter guidelines that say people with direct exposure to the Ebola virus should be isolated in their homes for 21 days, stopping short of mandatory quarantines to fight the outbreak.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention created four risk categories and guidelines for how people should be monitored that are stricter than previous rules, said Tom Frieden, director of the CDC. The rules apply to health workers returning from fighting the outbreak in West Africa and for anyone in contact with Ebola patients in the U.S.

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