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Ohio Ebola Scare Arrives With a Nurse on a Frontier Flight

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By    |   Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 12:27 PM

The Ebola scare has arrived in Northeast Ohio as people are being quarantined and suburban schools closed in the Cleveland-Akron area because that's where a nurse infected with the deadly virus came on a Frontier flight from Dallas.

WKYC-TV reported Dr. Margo Erme of the Summit County Public Health Department as saying at a news conference Thursday morning that seven people have been voluntary quarantined, five in the Akron area and two in the Cleveland area, based on their contact this week with Amber Vinson, the second Dallas nurse to be diagnosed with the Ebola virus.

Erme told the news conference that none of the people under quarantine have shown any symptoms of Ebola at this point.

USA Today reported that Solon Middle School and Parkside Elementary School in Solon, were closed Thursday because of possible Ebola exposures.

Parents at Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights were told by school officials that a student there may have come in contact with Vinson and was being kept home as a precaution.

John F. Kennedy High School in Cleveland was cleaned with a bleach-based solution based on guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to a Cleveland Metropolitan School District news release.

Vinson, 29, a nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, was diagnosed with the deadly virus this week. She was actively involved in the care of Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian man who died of Ebola on Oct. 8, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Vinson flew on Frontier Airlines to the Cleveland area over the weekend to visit family and then returned to the Dallas area before being diagnosed with Ebola. State health officials have been following up on who Vinson's met and visited while in Ohio, the newspaper reported.

"We've been preparing with our local health care partners for this possibility for several months and are putting that preparation into action now," Dr. Mary DiOrio, state epidemiologist and interim chief of the Ohio Department of Health's Bureau of Prevention and Health, told the Plain Dealer.

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The Ebola scare has arrived in Northeast Ohio as people are being quarantined and suburban schools closed in the Cleveland-Akron area because that's where a nurse infected with the deadly virus came on a Frontier flight from Dallas.
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