Texas deputy who entered apartment where Ebola victim stayed treated out of ‘abundance of caution’

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FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Suburban Dallas officials say a sheriff’s deputy who went into the apartment where the first U.S. Ebola patient had stayed is hospitalized “out of an abundance of caution” after falling ill.

Frisco officials say the deputy was transported Wednesday after an urgent care facility reported a patient “exhibiting signs and symptoms” of Ebola claimed to have had contact with the man diagnosed with the disease in Dallas.

Federal and state health officials say there’s no indication the deputy had any direct contact with Thomas Eric Duncan. Duncan died Wednesday morning at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.

Frisco Fire Chief Mark Piland says the deputy entered the apartment where Duncan had been staying and had contact with some members of the family that lived there.

Health officials say none of the family members has exhibited symptoms and wouldn’t have been contagious.