First Round of U.S. Ebola Contacts Are Officially Disease-Free

October 20, 2014 7:01 AM

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First Round of U.S. Ebola Contacts Are Officially Disease-Free

There hasn't been much good news in the fight against Ebola, but on Sunday there were several encouraging reports. According to the BBC, the Spanish nurse who was the first person to contract Ebola outside of West Africa has tested negative for the virus (a second test is required before she'll be officially free of the disease). And the United States has reached an important milestone: the 21-day monitoring period for the 48 people who had contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who died of Ebola in Dallas, ended on Sunday and Monday. Aside from the two nurses who cared for him, there have been no new infections.

Of course, dozens of other people in the United States are still waiting to see if they've contracted Ebola. Federal officials said on Sunday that they are monitoring 149 people who had contact with Duncan and nurses Nina Pham and Amber Vinson. Ohio health officials also contacted 153 people who may...

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