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FILE - This 2011 photo provided by Wilmot Chayee shows Thomas Eric Duncan at a wedding in Ghana. It may not matter much that Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas apologized for initially misdiagnosing Duncan, who was sent home from the emergency room but later returned sicker and farther along on a painful decline to death from Ebola. Insulated by Texas tort reform that gives an extra layer of protection to emergency room doctors and nurses, not only is the very feasibility of winning a lawsuit complicated, but the potential payout is severely capped. (AP Photo/Wilmot Chayee)
Youngor Jallah, daughter of Louise Troh, who was the fiance of Thomas Eric Duncan stands outside of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas holding a sign during a protest, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, in Dallas. Nearly 20 friends and supporters of Troh and Duncan, gathered outside the hospital to protest the care Duncan received before passing away from complications of the Ebola virus. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
A mourner cries during a memorial service for Thomas Eric Duncan, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, in Salisbury, N.C. Duncan died of Ebola in Dallas on Oct. 8. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)
Visitors pray during a service for Ebola victim Thomas Duncan, held at Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. (Ron T. Ennis/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
Josephus Weeks, nephew of Thomas Eric Duncan, speaks during a memorial service for Duncan, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, in Salisbury, N.C. Duncan died of Ebola in Dallas on Oct. 8. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)
Josephus Weeks, nephew of ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan who died earlier this week in Dallas, looks at his cellphone in a hotel room Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, in Kannapolis, N.C. Duncan's temperature spiked to 103 degrees during the hours of his initial visit to an emergency room; a fever that was flagged with an exclamation point in the hospital's record-keeping system, his medical records show. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)
DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 15: The Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, where health care workers Amber Vinson and Nina Pham are being treated for the Ebola virus is seen on October 15, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. The newest case of nurse Amber Vinson joins nurse Nina Pham, who also contracted the Ebola virus at Texas Heath Presbyterian Hospital while treating patient Thomas Eric Duncan, who has since died. (Photo by Stewart F. House/Getty Images)
A man who gave his name only as "Joe" and stated he was the brother of Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan talks to members of the media in front of a home in Kannapolis, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Duncan, the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S., is being treated in Dallas. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Amber Vinson, the second health care worker to be diagnosed with Ebola in Texas, arrives at Emory University Hospital on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 in Atlanta. A joint emergency isolation unit administered by Emory University Hospital and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has successfully treated two Americans and is currently treating a third. (AP Photo/David Tulis)
An ambulance carrying Amber Vinson, the second health care worker to be diagnosed with Ebola in Texas, arrives at Emory University Hospital on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 in Atlanta. A joint emergency isolation unit administered by Emory University Hospital and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has successfully treated two Americans and is currently treating a third. (AP Photo/David Tulis)
An ambulance carrying Amber Joy Vinson, the second health care worker to be diagnosed with Ebola in Texas, arrives at Emory University Hospital on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, in Atlanta. Vinson was one of the nurses who cared for Thomas Eric Duncan, who died at the Dallas hospital last week of the Ebola virus. (AP Photo/David Tulis)
A plane carrying a healthcare worker, who tested positive for Ebola, departs Love Field for Atlanta where the worker will be treated at Emory hospital, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, in Dallas. Amber Joy Vinson, the second health care worker to be diagnosed with Ebola in Texas, was one of the nurses who cared for Thomas Eric Duncan, who died at the Dallas hospital last week of the Ebola virus. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
An ambulance transports the second healthcare worker who contracted Ebola to a Dallas airport for a chartered flight to Emory Hospital in Atlanta for treatment, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
The Frontier Airlines plane that Amber Vinson flew from Cleveland to Dallas on Monday, rests at a terminal at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. Vinson is the second nurse to be diagnosed with Ebola at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Ohio health officials aren't sure how many people came into contact with Vinson as she visited family in the Akron area days before being diagnosed with the disease. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
A resident tosses garbage into a dumpster as a hazmat cleaning crew stages in the parking lot of The Village Bend East apartments where a second healthcare worker lives that tested positive for Ebola, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, in Dallas. Fears of the Ebola virus deepened with word that the healthcare worker, a nurse, caught the disease from a patient in Dallas, and flew across the Midwest aboard an airliner the day before she was diagnosed. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
A Frontier Airlines employee wears rubber gloves as she directs passengers where to go at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, in Cleveland. Ohio health officials aren't sure how many people came into contact with a Texas nurse as she visited family in the Akron area days before being diagnosed with Ebola in Dallas. The Ohio Department of Health says she visited family from Oct. 8-13 and flew Monday from Cleveland to Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
This Oct. 13, 2014, photo released via Twitter by the City of Dallas Public Information Managing Director Sana Syed shows Bentley in Dallas, the one-year-old King Charles Spaniel belonging to Nina Pham, the nurse who contracted Ebola. Bentley has been taken from Pham's Dallas apartment and will be cared for at an undisclosed location. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Sana Syed/PIO, City of Dallas)
Protect Environmental workers move disposal barrels to a staging area outside the apartment of a healthcare worker who treated Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan and tested positive for the disease, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
A hazmat worker moves a barrel while cleaning outside an apartment building of a hospital worker, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in Dallas. The Texas health care worker, who was in full protective gear when they provided hospital care for Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, who later died, has tested positive for the virus and is in stable condition, health officials said Sunday. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
A police car is parked in front of the residence of a health care worker who tested positive for Ebola, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in Dallas. The worker, who was caring for Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, tested positive for the disease in preliminary tests. If the preliminary diagnosis is confirmed, it would be the first known case of the disease being contracted or transmitted in the U.S. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
In this Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, photo Dr. Mark Abe, left, and Dr. Neethi Pinto learn how to perform a medical procedure on a patient mannequin while wearing protective gear during Ebola preparedness training at the University of Chicago. U.S. hospitals are preparing for possible Ebola patients; the only one diagnosed so far in this country is being treated in Texas, while the outbreak in Africa has killed more than 3,400 people. (AP Photo/Lindsey Tanner)
A hazardous material cleaner removes a wrapped item from the apartment where Thomas Eric Duncan, the Ebola patient who traveled from Liberia to Dallas, stayed last week, in Dallas, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. Duncan has been hospitalized at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital since Sept. 28. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
CLEVELAND, OHIO - OCTOBER 15: A Frontier Airlines plane taxis the runway at Cleveland Hopkins Airport on October 15, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. Recently diagnosed Ebola patient, health care worker Amber Vinson, traveled on Frontier Airlines from Dallas to Cleveland with a low fever on October 10, and returned to Dallas on October 13. The aircraft has since been decontaminated and put back in service. Nurse Amber Vinson joins Nina Pham as health workers who have contracted the Ebola virus at Texas Heath Presbyterian Hospital while treating patient Thomas Eric Duncan, who has since died. (Photo by Michael Francis McElroy/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 16: A Dallas police car and an emergency response vehicle sit in the parking lot at the The Village Bend East apartment complex where a second health care worker who has tested positive for the Ebola virus resides on October 16, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. Nurse Amber Vinson joins Nina Pham as health workers who have contracted the Ebola virus at Texas Heath Presbyterian Hospital while treating patient Thomas Eric Duncan, who has since died. (Photo by Mike Stone/Getty Images)
Candles are lit during a service for Ebola victim Thomas Duncan, held at Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. (Ron T. Ennis/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 08: A possible Ebola patient is brought to the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital on October 8, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. Thomas Eric Duncan, the first confirmed Ebola virus patient in the U.S., died earlier today. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 08: A possible Ebola patient is brought to the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital on October 8, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. Thomas Eric Duncan, the first confirmed Ebola virus patient in the U.S., died earlier today. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 08: Health care workers wait for the arrival of a possible Ebola patient at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital on October 8, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. Thomas Eric Duncan, the first confirmed Ebola virus patient in the U.S., died earlier today. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 08: A possible Ebola patient is brought to the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital on October 8, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. Thomas Eric Duncan, the first confirmed Ebola virus patient in the U.S., died earlier today. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 06: A member of the Cleaning Guys Haz Mat clean up company removes items from the apartment where Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan was staying before being admitted to a hospital on October 6, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. The first confirmed Ebola virus patient in the United States was staying with family members at The Ivy Apartment complex before being treated at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. State and local officials are working with federal officials to monitor other individuals that had contact with the confirmed patient. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 05: A member of the Cleaning Guys Haz Mat clean up company takes a barrel of items out of the apartment where Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan was staying before being admitted to a hospital on October 5, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. The first confirmed Ebola virus patient in the U.S. was staying with family members at the Ivy Apartments complex before being moved for treatment at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. State and local officials are working with federal officials to monitor other individuals that had contact with the confirmed patient. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 06: Members of the Cleaning Guys Haz Mat clean up company are seen as they sanitize the apartment where Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan was staying before being admitted to a hospital on October 6, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. The first confirmed Ebola virus patient in the United States was staying with family members at The Ivy Apartment complex before being treated at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. State and local officials are working with federal officials to monitor other individuals that had contact with the confirmed patient. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 06: Members of the Cleaning Guys Haz Mat clean up company are seen as they sanitize the apartment where Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan was staying before being admitted to a hospital on October 6, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. The first confirmed Ebola virus patient in the United States was staying with family members at The Ivy Apartment complex before being treated at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. State and local officials are working with federal officials to monitor other individuals that had contact with the confirmed patient. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 06: A member of the Cleaning Guys Haz Mat clean up company removes items from the apartment where Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan was staying before being admitted to a hospital on October 6, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. The first confirmed Ebola virus patient in the United States was staying with family members at The Ivy Apartment complex before being treated at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. State and local officials are working with federal officials to monitor other individuals that had contact with the confirmed patient. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 06: Members of the Cleaning Guys Haz Mat clean up company sanitize the apartment (top R) where Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan was staying before being admitted to a hospital on October 6, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. The first confirmed Ebola virus patient in the United States was staying with family members at The Ivy Apartment complex before being treated at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. State and local officials are working with federal officials to monitor other individuals that had contact with the confirmed patient. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 06: A member of the Cleaning Guys Haz Mat clean up company removes items from the apartment where Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan was staying before being admitted to a hospital on October 6, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. The first confirmed Ebola virus patient in the United States was staying with family members at The Ivy Apartment complex before being treated at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. State and local officials are working with federal officials to monitor other individuals that had contact with the confirmed patient. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 06: A member of the Cleaning Guys Haz Mat clean up company removes items from the apartment where Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan was staying before being admitted to a hospital on October 6, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. The first confirmed Ebola virus patient in the United States was staying with family members at The Ivy Apartment complex before being treated at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. State and local officials are working with federal officials to monitor other individuals that had contact with the confirmed patient. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 06: A member of the Cleaning Guys Haz Mat clean up company removes items from the apartment where Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan was staying before being admitted to a hospital on October 6, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. The first confirmed Ebola virus patient in the United States was staying with family members at The Ivy Apartment complex before being treated at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. State and local officials are working with federal officials to monitor other individuals that had contact with the confirmed patient. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 05: Members of the Cleaning Guys Haz Mat clean up company are seen as they sanitize the apartment where Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan was staying before being admitted to a hospital on October 5, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. The first confirmed Ebola virus patient in the United States was staying with family members at The Ivy Apartment complex before being treated at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. State and local officials are working with federal officials to monitor other individuals that had contact with the confirmed patient. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 05: Members of the Cleaning Guys Haz Mat clean up company are seen as they sanitize the apartment where Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan was staying before being admitted to a hospital on October 5, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. The first confirmed Ebola virus patient in the United States was staying with family members at The Ivy Apartment complex before being treated at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. State and local officials are working with federal officials to monitor other individuals that had contact with the confirmed patient. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 05: Members of the Cleaning Guys Haz Mat clean up company are seen as they sanitize the apartment where Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan was staying before being admitted to a hospital on October 5, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. The first confirmed Ebola virus patient in the United States was staying with family members at The Ivy Apartment complex before being treated at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. State and local officials are working with federal officials to monitor other individuals that had contact with the confirmed patient. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 05: Members of the Cleaning Guys Haz Mat clean up company takes a barrel of items out of the apartment where Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan was staying before being admitted to a hospital on October 5, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. The first confirmed Ebola virus patient in the U.S. was staying with family members at the Ivy Apartments complex before being moved for treatment at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. State and local officials are working with federal officials to monitor other individuals that had contact with the confirmed patient. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 05: A member of the Cleaning Guys Haz Mat clean up company works on sanitizing the apartment where Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan was staying before being admitted to a hospital on October 5, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. The first confirmed Ebola virus patient in the United States was staying with family members at The Ivy Apartment complex before being treated at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. State and local officials are working with federal officials to monitor other individuals that had contact with the confirmed patient. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 05: A member of the Cleaning Guys Haz Mat clean up company is seen outside the apartment where Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan was staying before being admitted to a hospital on October 5, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. The first confirmed Ebola virus patient in the United States was staying with family members at The Ivy Apartment complex before being treated at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. State and local officials are working with federal officials to monitor other individuals that had contact with the confirmed patient. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 05: A member of the Cleaning Guys Haz Mat clean up company works on sanitizing the apartment where Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan was staying before being admitted to a hospital on October 5, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. The first confirmed Ebola virus patient in the United States was staying with family members at The Ivy Apartment complex before being treated at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. State and local officials are working with federal officials to monitor other individuals that had contact with the confirmed patient. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 05: Parishioners attend the Wilshire Baptist Church on October 5, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. Louise Troh, the person who the first Ebola patient in America, Thomas Eric Duncan, was staying with before he was diagnosed with the virus, is a member of the church. Wilshire Baptist used their Sunday service to touch on the need to pray for the family and all those stricken with the Ebola virus. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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By RYAN GORMAN

Texas health officials appear to be finally getting their ducks in a row after weeks of bungling a single Ebola patient that quickly turned into a crisis.

A memorandum issued Thursday places restrictions on travel, sets more stringent monitoring guidelines and even offers voluntary hospital admittance to 75 care workers, according to a copy of the letter reviewed by AOL News.

The memo came after both Nina Pham and Amber Vinson, health care workers who contracted Ebola while caring for deceased patient Thomas Duncan, were transferred to medical facilities outside Texas.

Pham and Vinson's relocations came after multiple nurses blasted Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital for not having the proper procedures and equipment in place to help protect workers from contracting the lethal virus.

All health care workers who entered Duncan's room have been prohibited from traveling on commercial transportation for 21 days from the moment they first made the encounter.

The list of banned travel modes includes airplane, ship, long-distance bus or train. Vinson infamously embarked on a round-trip flight from Dallas to Cleveland, returning the day before she was admitted to a Dallas hospital.

The use of local taxis or busses is discouraged.

Nurses and doctors who cared for Duncan have been forced to submit to a stricter monitoring regime that includes twice daily monitoring sessions with temperature checks. One of the observations must be face-to-face with a healthcare provider.

Those healthcare workers also banned from going to bars and restaurants, grocery stores, theaters or any other location "where members of the public congregate.

Healthcare workers concerned about the possibility of having contracted the disease have been offered the opportunity to voluntarily admit themselves to the same Dallas hospital that Pham and Vinson were rescued from.

A Dallas healthcare worker is currently quarantined on a cruise ship.

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