Parents of some Texas schoolchildren got an alarming letter today.
It seems that two students who attend Belton Independent School District were on the same flight from Cleveland to Dallas on which the most recently diagnosed Ebola victim flew. Amber Vinson, a nurse who had cared for America’s first Ebola victim, Robert Duncan, was running a fever and was hospitalized shortly after she disembarked from the plane.
Your child’s health and safety is our top priority at North Belton Middle School. When issues of concern are brought to our attention, we want to share that information with you.
This afternoon we were made aware that one of our students traveled on Frontier Airlines Flight #1143 from Cleveland to Dallas on Monday and attended classes on Tuesday and Wednesday. Another passenger on that flight has since been diagnosed with the Ebola virus.
It is important to know that individuals are not contagious until symptoms appear.
According to statements from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Frontier Airlines, the passenger did not show any symptoms during the flight, and the risk of exposure for other passengers on the flight was low.
The student who traveled on the flight is not currently showing any symptoms and is being monitored by the Bell County Health Department and the Texas Department of State Health Services. Because of this, there is no imminent risk to your child.
Please know that Belton ISD is in regular communication with the family and officials from the state and local health departments. We will provide more information as it becomes available.
For more information about the Ebola virus, please visit this link from the CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/pdf/ebola-factsheet.pdf.”
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