Nearly 100 Possible Ebola Contacts Still Monitored

There were no active Ebola cases in Texas on Tuesday, but 92 people were still being monitored for possible symptoms.

Most of the contacts were health care workers who cared for the first three patients.

One of the contacts had a scare Monday with symptoms that seemed like Ebola.

Then on Tuesday, Dallas County commissioners learned that tests completed Monday at the Dallas County Health Department lab confirmed it was not a case of Ebola.

“The stakes are very high, and it was a very nerve-racking time for us,” Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said.

The contact is among several still staying at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, away from family members in case they do develop symptoms.

It turns out the contact tested Monday has another, less severe illness, Jenkins said.

“It certainly got the stomachs tightened up that we might have another case, but praise the Lord we don’t,” he said.

All contacts will complete 21 days of twice-daily temperature checks by Nov. 7. Most of the health care workers will be finished by Nov. 3, the day before the November election.

Jenkins said the state has arranged online voting for contacts who wish to vote early. All of the possible Ebola contacts have been told to stay away from public places until they are found to be disease-free through the possible Ebola incubation period.

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