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Shaker Heights parent was on plane with Ebola patient; school district disinfecting buses, classrooms

posted Oct 17, 2014 00:29:28 by Consfearacynewz
HAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio — A Shaker Heights parent was on the same flight as the Dallas nurse who has been diagnosed with the Ebola virus.

The school district is disinfecting all buses and classrooms as a precautionary measure and the city's health department "will be advising the family on appropriate monitoring and voluntary self-quarantine," Superintendent Gregory Hutchings Jr. wrote in a press release sent out Thursday evening.

"There is nothing to suggest that our students or staff are at elevated risk. However, we want to keep you informed with the facts and tell you how we are responding," he said.

Amber Joy Vinson traveled from Dallas/Fort Worth airport to Cleveland Hopkins on Oct. 10, where she visited her family in the Akron area for the next three days, planning her wedding and visiting a bridal shop on East Tallmadge Avenue.

She returned to Dallas Oct. 13 with a fever of 99.5 degrees, and tested positive for Ebola the next morning.

The school district said the parent was "not in the immediate contact zone with the Dallas patient, and thus is not considered at high risk for contracting the disease," Hutchings Jr. wrote.

There are now eight people in Northeast Ohio on quarantine for Ebola. Two Solon schools and Resnik Elementary in Akron were several of the schools and businesses closed Thursday because of the Ebola scare.

If you believe you may have come in contact with Vinson, call the Summit County Ebola hotline, 330-926-3939, for instructions.
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