Schools Close as Nurse’s Ebola Infection Ignites Concern


Schools Close as Nurse’s Ebola Infection Ignites Concern

Some schools in Ohio and Texas were closed today after students’ potential exposure to a nurse with Ebola furthered fears of the disease spreading.

Three schools in Belton, Texas, were closed yesterday and will remain closed today after Superintendent Susan Kincannon learned that two students, who attend North Belton Middle School and Sparta Elementary, were on the Frontier Airlines flight that carried Amber Vinson, a health worker infected with Ebola.

Vinson, a nurse who helped care for Dallas’s first patient, Thomas Eric Duncan, flew earlier this week from Cleveland to Dallas the night before she went to the hospital with a fever. Officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said while risk of infection is low, the 132 passengers on the flight were asked to monitor their health.

At the same time, officials tried to quell anxiety about the disease, as Dallas County Commissioners decided not to declare a local state of emergency that would have authorized travel restrictions.

“We just need to save that tool in our tool box,” Judge Clay Jenkins, Dallas County’s top executive, said yesterday at a county board meeting.

Belton Early Childhood School, a pre-kindergarten school, was also closed because students move through Sparta Elementary at the beginning and end of the school day, Kincannon said in a statement. The schools will open again on Oct. 20, according to spokeswoman Sandy Slade.

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One Response to “Schools Close as Nurse’s Ebola Infection Ignites Concern”
  1. BOBBI SWANN says:

    And what about all those passengers who then got on another ‘connecting’ flight after departing on the one with the infected nurse????? And they still don’t want to declare a state of emergency and restrict travel? What do you suppose is the fastest way for a virus to spread? (via flight maybe). We had all better start saying our prayers diligently every day!

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