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Texas Asks Workers Who Treated Thomas Eric Duncan Not to Travel

It is not an order, but health officials expect the health workers to comply.
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Authorities in Texas are asking health workers who treated Thomas Eric Duncan, who died of the virus earlier this month in a Dallas hospital, to agree not to travel with the public or go anywhere that people congregate. Concerns were raised in Ohio after it emerged that a nurse who tested positive for Ebola after treating Duncan had flown from Dallas to Cleveland and back on a commercial jet. Authorities have stressed that passengers who were on the plane with her are at minimal risk. The State Department said Friday that another worker from the same Dallas hospital is on a Carnival cruise in the Caribbean and quarantined on board.

In Texas, the state will ask health care workers who had contact with Duncan to sign an agreement not to fly, use public transportation or go to populated areas, said Phillip Haigh, a spokesman for Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins. It is not an order, but Haigh said that health officials expected the workers to comply. “They already know what they're supposed to do,” Haigh told NBC News. “These are health care workers. They wouldn't endanger people’s lives with unneccessary risks.”


— Kate Snow