Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ebola Fears Prompt Big Responses around Globe

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ebola Fears Prompt Big Responses around Globe

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Ebola is transmitted through direct contact with bodily fluid, such as getting an infected person's blood or vomit into the eyes or through a cut in the skin, not through the air, experts say. And people infected with Ebola aren't contagious until they start showing symptoms, such as fever, body aches or stomach pain, research shows. But fears over the virus spreading have prompted an outsized response:

THE THREE DIAGNOSED IN U.S.

A Liberian man who traveled to Dallas has died from the virus in the United States and two nurses in Dallas who had contact with him were diagnosed. One of the nurses, Amber Vinson, traveled on Frontier Airlines to and from Cleveland.

HEALTH WORKERS STAY HOME

Dozens of health care workers who had contact with the man who died of Ebola in Dallas were asked Thursday to sign legal documents in which they agreed to stay home, as authorities across the nation ramped up efforts to limit the virus' spread.

The documents ask the 75 health care workers who had contact with Thomas Eric Duncan to agree not to go to public places or use mass transit, according to Judge Clay Jenkins, top administrator for Dallas County.

SCHOOLS CLOSED, CLASSES CANCELED

A Cleveland-area school canceled classes in two buildings after learning a staff member might have flown on the Frontier Airlines plane, though not the same flight, as Vinson. Three school campuses in Belton, Texas, were closed because two students traveled on the same flight as her. The campuses and school buses were being disinfected. Austin Peay State University in Tennessee canceled a study abroad program to Senegal next year.

FACEBOOK FEARS

In San Diego County on Thursday, staff on a college campus roped off a classroom building with about 50 people inside after a student told her instructor that her sister was hospitalized with flu-like symptoms. The family had just returned on a flight from the Midwest, feeding spiraling rumors on social media that they had been on board the same plane that carried the Texas nurse who tested positive for Ebola. None of that turned out to be true. After more than an hour, the school posted on its Facebook page: "NO EBOLA ON SOUTHWESTERN COLLEGE CAMPUS. …

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