Student who had contact with Ebola patient attended Dallas school despite request

Student who had contact with Ebola patient attended Dallas school despite request

One of five Dallas ISD students who had contact with an Ebola patient attended Tasby Middle School for part of Wednesday before being sent home, district officials said.

The boy lives in an apartment where the patient, Thomas Eric Duncan, had been staying after arriving in Dallas from Liberia. Health officials told the family Tuesday to keep the children out of school until the 21-day incubation period for the virus passes.

“We’re not sure why the Tasby student showed up for school on Wednesday, but once he was identified, he was asked to go to the nurse’s office so that a parent could be contacted. During the limited time he was on campus, he showed no symptoms yesterday either,” DISD spokesman Jon Dahlander said in an email.

DISD spokesman André Riley was not certain how long the student was in school but said it was the “early part of the day.” He reiterated that none of the five students has shown any symptoms of having the virus.

Zachary Thompson, director of Dallas County Health and Human Services, said the family was notified Tuesday about the need to keep the students home. “Everybody was aware. Maybe he took it upon himself to go to school,” Thompson said.

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