Photo by Danny Fulgencio

Photo by Danny Fulgencio

After possible exposure to a symptomatic Ebola virus carrier last week neighborhood area students were pulled  from schools that serve both the Vickery Meadow area and the Skillman-Abrams area. Today we received the encouraging news that, a week into a 21-day observation period, all are symptom free.  

Five Dallas ISD students who were removed from school last week after being exposed to the Ebola virus are in good health, according to district officials.

“The five Dallas ISD students who were possibly exposed to [Thomas Eric] Duncan [who died last Wednesday of the virus] continue to exhibit no signs or symptoms of the virus and continue to be monitored twice daily … these students will not return to school until they have not exhibited signs or symptoms of the virus for 21 days.”

We reported last week that students from the following schools may have been exposed: Emmett J. Conrad High School (map) and Sam Tasby Middle School (those are in the Vickery Meadow area, flanking Lake Highlands), L.L. Hotchkiss Elementary School (a DISD school north of Northwest Highway near Skillman, closer to the Lake Highlands area) and Dan D. Rogers Elementary (in East Dallas).

Representatives from the district remind the DISD community that, “According to the Texas Department of State Health Services and the CDC, if a person exposed to Ebola does not contract the virus within 21 days of exposure, it is definitive that they do not have the virus and therefore have a zero percent chance of contracting the virus (unless exposed again) or transmitting the virus to someone else.”

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