Statement Regarding Texas Schools and Ebola Risk

From the Texas Department of State Health Services


P.O. Box 149347
Austin, Texas 78714-9347
TTY: 1-800-735-2989

Facts About Ebola From the Texas Medical Association



October 19, 2014

Statement Regarding Texas Schools and Ebola Risk

At this time, there is no reason for schools to close, cancel classes or cancel extracurricular
activities due to risk of Ebola. Children who reside in a home where a family member is being
monitored for Ebola should not be excluded from school attendance unless the student was
directly exposed.

People who have been exposed to the disease are being identified and contacted by state and local public health officials. Public health officials will provide directions to any students who came into contact with someone infected with Ebola. Ifappropriate, based on exposure, the student may be asked to stay home. People exposed are being actively monitored for symptoms and fever.

Because no Ebola patients have been present at a Texas school, there is no reason to close or clean a building or bus beyond routine cleaning procedures for schools.  Ebola is only spread through direct contact with a person who is sick with the disease or their blood, secretions or other bodily fluids. It cannot be spread by someone without any symptoms.





David L. Lakey, M.D. Commissioner



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