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Dallas County Health Monitoring Traveler For Ebola

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - Officials with Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) confirmed Friday that they are monitoring a traveler for Ebola Virus Disease. The action is precautionary and is being taken per guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

The person, who will be monitored for 21 days, left West Africa on November 12 and arrived in Dallas County on November 14. The person is considered to be low-risk and remains asymptomatic for Ebola.

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DCHHS Medical Director Dr. Christopher Perkins said, "Since this individual is low-risk, there is no reason for the public to be concerned. Our staff will follow through with monitoring for the rest of the 21-day period."

That monitoring will end on December 3. Until then Dallas County officials say they will follow the guidelines. "We will proceed with our public health follow-up procedures to ensure the health and safety of our Dallas County residents," DCHHS Director Zachary Thompson said.

The individual has been instructed to remain off public transportation and avoid large, crowded activities.

Click here for more information on Ebola from Dallas County Health and Human Services.

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