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Ebola worries could keep some Dallas students home

Posted at 1:11 AM, Oct 02, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-02 14:36:02-04

DALLAS (AP) — Some parents are removing their children from Dallas schools after learning that five students had contact with the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S.

Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Mike Miles says none of the five children have shown symptoms and are being monitored at home.

Parent Marcia Pardo says she took her 8-year-old daughter home early from school Wednesday because she won't take any chances. She says kids touch everything and not everyone washes their hands.

Health officials say Ebola can spread only by close contact with an infected patient's bodily fluids.

The World Health Organization says Ebola has sickened more than 7,100 people in West Africa, and more than 3,300 deaths are linked to the disease. Symptoms include fever, muscle pain, vomiting and bleeding.