Texas Will Be Officially Ebola-Free By The End Of The Day

Texas will be officially free of Ebola by the end of the day, as the last person connected to the state’s three Ebola patient cases finishes a 21-day monitoring period.

Twenty-one days is the maximum length of time the Ebola virus can incubate in a human being. The person, who was not named in a press release from the Texas Department of State Health Services, is a hospital worker who had handled Ebola-related medical waste on Oct. 17.

“We’re happy to reach this milestone, but our guard stays up,” said Dr. David Lakey, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services in the statement. “We reached this point through teamwork and meticulous monitoring, and we’ll continue to be vigilant to protect Texas from Ebola.”

Thomas Eric Duncan, a visitor from Liberia, was the first person in Texas to be diagnosed with Ebola after an ambulance brought him in critical condition to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital on Sept. 28. Soon after Duncan’s death on Oct. 8, nurses Nina Pham and Amber Vinson, who had cared for Duncan and been monitoring their symptoms, were diagnosed with Ebola. Both Pham and Vinson survived the virus.

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