DALLAS — Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan “no” to questions about whether he had cared for an Ebola patient or touched the body of someone who had died in an area affected by Ebola, Binyah Kesselly, board chairman of the Liberia Airport Authority, told CNN. Duncan is hospitalized in Dallas, Texas.
A contractor will arrive “as soon as possible” to deal with “hygiene issues” at the Dallas apartment where a family is quarantined after Duncan stayed there, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins told reporters Thursday. So far, no one who had contact with Duncan has shown any indication of having contracted Ebola, Jenkins said.
Sheets inside the apartment that were used by Duncan “were placed in a sealed plastic bag,” along with the man’s belongings, Jenkins said. Contractors hired to clean the apartment will “appropriately dispose of those items,” he said.
Custodians are stepping up cleanup work at Dallas schools attended by the five students who may have been in contact with Duncan.
“We don’t think there’s any virus at any of those buildings, but we’ll take that off the table, so we’re doing extra cleaning and disinfecting,” said Mike Miles, superintendent of the Dallas Independent School District. Attendance at those schools Thursday was down to about 86 percent, Miles said.
Officials are dividing into two teams to narrow a list of people who may have had contact with the Texas Ebola patient, CDC spokesman David Daigle told reporters Thursday. “We’re making great progress on that,” Daigle said. “I think you’ve heard already that there’s a list of about 100 what we call potential or possible contacts. And that will be culled down to a list that we will begin contact tracing on.”