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Officials ask about 80 to watch for Ebola symptoms

Ebola case stokes concerns for Liberians in Dallas
Posted at 11:29 AM, Oct 02, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-02 14:20:48-04

DALLAS (AP) — Health officials in Texas say they have reached out to about 80 people who may have had direct or indirect contact with the man infected with Ebola or someone close to him.

Dallas County Health and Human Services spokeswoman Erikka Neroes said Thursday about 80 people are now part of the "contact investigation." Neroes said no one is showing symptoms.

She says the number includes 12 to 18 people who first came into contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, as well as others known to have secondhand contact.

Health officials have educated the people on the symptoms of Ebola and told them to notify health workers if they feel ill.

Health officials are focusing on containment to try to keep the virus from spreading. Duncan recently traveled from Liberia to Dallas.