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Dallas Senior Center Workers Quarantined After Ebola Exposure

DALLAS (CBS 11 NEWS) - CBS 11 News has learned that two of the four acquaintances closest to Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan are employed at a North Dallas residence facility.

A letter from managers at the Windsor Senior Living Center informed residents and staff that two employees were quarantined, because of their close association with Duncan. The letter went on to stress that there is no risk to anyone at the center.

But not everyone got the message, including contract caregiver Roxie White, who told CBS 11 she was surprised at the news. "I won't be going up in there," she said, speaking of the residence center.  "I've got three kids to take care of.  So this… I won't be able to do this. Uh-uh."

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Management at Windsor Senior Living Center declined to be interviewed on camera but called the two employees in quarantine "valued members of our team."

The letter read:

To Windsor Residents and Employees,

As you may know from news accounts, an individual in the Dallas area has been identified as having the Ebola virus.  We are writing to inform you that two members of our staff are now in quarantine after coming in contact with this individual.

Dallas County Health and Human Services has told us that community residents, staff members and guests are at no risk for Ebola from these quarantined staff members.

 It is important that you know that the staff members---who are valued members of our team---have not shown any symptoms of the virus.  However, protocol designed by the CDC, and underscored by local authorities, requires quarantine in their homes for a total of 21 days.

If you have questions or concerns please call Mark Whitman at 972-661-9990.

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