Texans in Contact With Ebola Patient Cleared; Army To Train Medical Teams in Texas

Oct 20, 2014

Texas health officials say 43 patients are no longer being monitored for Ebola symptoms, schools should remain open and that medical support teams will be trained in San Antonio.
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43 patients were cleared from twice-a-day monitoring; Texas State Health Services Commissioner Dr. David Lakey urged schools against closing because of the low risk the virus poses to schoolchildren and administrators; and the Dept. of Defense announced it's sending a medical support team to begin training U.S. officials and responders on how to respond any future cases of the virus.

Below you can read a full recap of all the Ebola developments in Texas over the weekend.

43 Patients Cleared from Monitoring

43 people in Texas are now clear from Ebola monitoring. 

The group of health care workers and community members who were in contact with the first Ebola patient, Thomas Duncan, has passed the incubation period for the disease, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. That means that they are clear from the twice-a-day monitoring.

State health officials say that no one in the group developed Ebola symptoms and are no longer at risk of developing it. They are now able to resume normal daily activities.

There are currently 120 people in the state being monitored for symptoms.

Texas has had three confirmed Ebola cases, but no additional cases have been diagnosed.

Officials: Ebola Shouldn’t Close Schools

Concerns about the spread of Ebola are not something parents should be worried about, according to a top Texas health official. 

David Lakey, the Texas Health Commissioner, says that schools should stay open because state and local health officials are monitoring people with possible Ebola symptoms. If needed, they will ask students to stay home.

Lakey says there are no Ebola patients present at any schools, so there is no reason for schools to go beyond routine procedures.

Classes are scheduled to resume today in Belton ISD after learning some students there were on the same flight with the Dallas nurse who was diagnosed with Ebola. 

Georgetown ISD faced a similar situation, but kept schools open.

Ebola Medical Teams Coming to Texas

The Department of Defense is sending a medical support team to Texas to be trained on how to respond to potential Ebola cases. The team will consist of 30 medical professionals, including doctors, nurses and infectious disease trainers.

The training will be at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio and is expected to start sometime next week. The training will teach the medical team how to provide short-notice assistance to Ebola cases in the country.

The team will not be sent overseas. They are on-call to provide assistance to any Ebola cases in the U.S.