(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Mandatory quarantines are being ordered for some medical workers who have returned to the U.S. after treating Ebola patients.

FOX News Radio's Tonya J. Powers has more:

The Governors of New York and New Jersey are at odds with scientists over Ebola... Backing mandatory 21-day quarantines for returning medical workers who have had contact with Ebola patients.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo loosened some of the quarantine restrictions, but says his state's trying to stay one step ahead.

(Cuomo) "Some people will say we're being too cautious. I'll take that criticism, because that's better than the alternative."

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is sticking with the mandatory quarantine, and says he's got an obligation to protect the people in his state... Calling the CDC guidelines a "moving target".

In New York, Tonya J. Powers, FOX News Radio.

Josh Earnest

The White House is indirectly critical of state decisions to quarantine medical workers back from fighting Ebola in Africa.

FOX News Radio's Steve Taylor reports from Washington:

The White House says health care workers who put themselves at risk to fight Ebola should be respected, and you can't do that by making them live in a tent for two or three days.

(Earnest) "Whatever guidelines or policies are put in place should not unduly burden those health care workers that in fact are operating in West Africa."

White House spokesman Josh Earnest acknowledges that states have legal authority to set their own rules for dealing with Ebola, but says they should be driven by the scientific fact that the Ebola risk to average Americans is vanishingly low.

In Washington, Steve Taylor, FOX News Radio.