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UT-Austin Student Being Monitored for Ebola Symptoms, Has Low Risk of Infection (Update)

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Todd Wiseman/Phil Moyer via Texas Tribune

Officials from the University of Texas at Austin and Travis County say a female UT-Austin student was on board the Frontier Airlines flight from Cleveland to Dallas which carried the Dallas area Ebola-affected nurse Amber Vinson.

The Travis County Health and Human Services Department is monitoring for symptoms of Ebola.  The student was not in close contact with Vinson and she is not showing symptoms of the virus. Officials urge there’s a “low risk” she contracted the virus because she was out of the three-foot radius around Vinson referred to as the "zone of concern" by officials.

The student will not attend classes at UT-Austin until after Nov. 3, according to UT Campus Safety and Security.

“All passengers on Flight 1143 have been evaluated for exposure and risk, and this individual was determined to be of lower risk than others who were in closer proximity to the carrier of the virus,” Medical Director for Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Dr. Phil Huang said in a written statement. “While the individual has presented no symptoms, and poses no immediate risk to others, they have agreed to follow our recommendations and cooperate with our office to monitor their condition.”

UT-Austin President Bill Powers also emphasized that the student isn’t showing symptoms of the virus, and urged that there is no health risk to the University of Texas campus.

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