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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The state of Texas and Dallas County health officials have ordered four close family members of a Dallas Ebola patient to stay home and not have visitors to prevent spreading the deadly disease.

If ignored, a violation could result in criminal charges.

Officials made the announcement on Thursday, saying the order is out of an “abundance of caution”.

“We have tried and true protocols to protect the public and stop the spread of this disease,” said Dr. David Lakey, Texas health commissioner. “This order gives us the ability to monitor the situation in the most meticulous way.”

Read more at CBS DFW

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