As fears of an Ebola breakout in the United States rise, parents in Texas have been pulling their children out of school as a precaution after news broke that 5 children were exposed to the killer disease.
Fear of Ebola is spreading faster than the disease itself, and with good reason. In the Dallas, Texas area, at least 100 people — including 5 school-aged children — have been exposed to the disease as one diagnosed patient remains quarantined at a local hospital.
Ebola Fears: Parents Remove Kids From School As Precaution
If Ebola came to your city, would you keep your children out of school?
A number of concerned parents in Texas have decided that keeping their children home for at least a week is the best way of keeping them safe.
“Kids pretty much touch everything. Not everyone washes their hands,” Marcie Pardo, the parent of a student at L.L. Hotchkiss Elementary, told the Daily Mail about her decision to pull her child out of school.
As HollywoodLife.com reported on Oct. 1, at least 5 children came in contact with the Ebola patient in the area which means they have been exposed to the disease. All 5 children are being monitored for symptoms, but so far no new reports of the disease have been made.
However, the number of other people the Ebola patient came in contact with rose to 100 on Oct. 2. It has not been confirmed whether or not those 100 people came in contact directly with the Ebola patient or not.
It has been reported that Ebola is only contagious when symptoms begin to show, which is why all 100 people who have been compromised are being monitored for any symptoms of the disease.
Hopefully no one has been affected, and parents will let their children return to school sooner rather than later.
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— Lauren Cox