Romanian care workers have been forced to relocate because they were not qualified to work in the US.
In an exclusive report for USA Today, two Romanian workers told of being pulled from their homes by strangers who came looking for them because of a “mild” case of Ebola.
The men and women were among hundreds of Romanian workers who have fled the country due to a nationwide quarantine.
The two Romanian care employees who spoke with USA Today spoke on condition of anonymity because they feared retaliation.
They said they feared the workers might be targeted by the new quarantine measures, which the US State Department says are intended to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus.
Romania, which has been plagued by the Ebola outbreak since March, has seen a spike in cases of the virus, and health officials have reported at least one case of the illness in the capital of Bucharest, which is about 30 miles (50 kilometers) from Pullman.
The workers, who were not identified, said the first man to come looking for their care was a “strong-looking” man with “a white shirt and blue jeans.”
The men said they asked the man why he was here and were told, “We’re in a bad situation.”
The man then took them into his home, where he told them, “I’m just doing my job.”
The two men were forced to take shelter in a closet and said they were kept in isolation until the day after they returned home.
The workers said the quarantine measures were meant to stop the spread and to prevent other workers from contracting the virus.
The worker who was pulled into the closet said he was terrified of contracting the disease.
The man then gave him a bag with two syringes and asked him to fill them with water, which he then filled with his own blood.
He then left the men in the house for hours, and then returned.
The first worker said the second man had taken him to a hospital, where they were told to be transferred to the hospital’s isolation unit.
After the two men went to a doctor, the doctor diagnosed the two with Ebola and told them they had to stay in isolation.
The hospital has since been moved, and the workers have not been able to go home because of the quarantine restrictions.
The man who pulled the two Romanian men from their home said the nurse who took them to the emergency room said, “You’ve got to be very careful.
You might have Ebola.”
They said the man who took the two workers into his house, also known as the “doctor,” said to the two nurses, “Don’t worry about me, I don’t want you to get sick.”
The workers said they felt unsafe and felt unsafe at work.
“The first day after the virus came in, I couldn’t go to work,” said the Romanian worker, who spoke on the condition of not revealing his last name.
“I went to the doctor, but he told me to be careful.
I didn’t understand what was going on.”
The Romanian worker said he worked in the hospital for nearly two years before being let go in July.
The woman who took him to the ER told him, “He said that if I were to get Ebola, I could get sick, so I was scared.”
The worker said his symptoms, which included vomiting, diarrhea, and fatigue, started to improve over time, and he was discharged.
He was later allowed to go back to work.
The other worker said she had been working at a local construction site when she developed symptoms.
She said she was let go and never returned to work, but her symptoms continued to improve.
The second worker said, he was a cleaner at a nearby hospital when he developed symptoms after coming into contact with a sick person who was being treated at the facility.
He said he felt uncomfortable and took a picture of himself holding a blood sample.
He said the hospital sent him back to the US for treatment, but that the symptoms were too intense to allow him to return to work without help.
The health care worker said that he has a family member who was also infected and that they are worried about him.
“They say I have to stay here for a month,” the worker said.
“That’s why I’ve been staying with my relatives and friends.”
The health worker said in an interview that he would never work in a hospital again if he was able to work again.
“I’m tired of living,” he said.
He and his family are planning to file a lawsuit against the US government, alleging the quarantine policies violated their rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Equal Protection Clause, and due process.