DALLAS — Six weeks after the deadly Ebola virus was diagnosed here, health officials on Friday declared Dallas’ outbreak to be finally over.
Monitoring of an unidentified hospital staffer who handled infected waste on Oct. 17 ended Thursday night. That person is the last of 177 people to be pronounced healthy after having contact with at least one of three Texas Ebola patients. Those in the group — which included health care workers, patients' families, first responders and even a dog — have all reached the 21-day mark, the longest incubation period.
“Thanksgiving comes early,” Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said in a written statement. “It’s a time to reflect on the sacrifices of our hometown heroes and the city, county, and school district employees that worked so hard, along with our state and federal partners, to keep us safe during the Ebola crisis.”
Dallas became ground zero on Sept. 30 for the Ebola scare that has seized the nation’s attention. That’s when Thomas EricRead More »from Ebola outbreak over in Dallas, but other Texans still being monitored