Yale Law School students file suit against state officials over Ebola quarantines in 2014

HARTFORD — Several people quarantined in Connecticut after returning from West Africa during the Ebola epidemic in 2014 are suing Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and state health officials, saying they were essentially imprisoned based on politics and not any legal or scientific reason.

Yale Law School students filed the federal lawsuit Monday. The plaintiffs include a West African family of six, a current student and former student at the Yale School of Public Health, a physician who has treated Ebola patients in West Africa and the Liberian Community Association of Connecticut.

The law students say the plaintiffs had no Ebola symptoms but were quarantined for two to three weeks. The lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages and an order preventing such quarantines in the future.

State officials did not immediately return messages Monday.