- Associated Press - Friday, October 17, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Wake County schools are asking students who have been absent if they have traveled to Africa as concerns about Ebola increase.

Hospitals, emergency dispatchers and EMS crews already are asking the people they come in contact with those questions, The News & Observer of Raleigh (https://bit.ly/1pjSgTS) reported.

Wake school officials are doing so at registration for new students and for students who’ve been out of class for an extended period. Students who have visited West African countries at the heart of the deadly epidemic in the past three weeks will be referred to county health officials.

Assistant Superintendent Brenda Elliot says she doesn’t think parents should be worried. But she says health officials asked school workers to ask about student travel.

A memo to Wake County schools states that school staff should ask students, “Have you traveled to Africa in the past 21 days?” If the answer is yes, staff members are to notify the school nurse immediately. The nurse would then ask the parents about their travel. If the student has been in the United States for fewer than 21 days, the county’s communicable diseases program would be notified.

It was not clear if other schools in North Carolina are asking the questions. School and health officials across the state say they have been discussing potential measures.

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Information from: The News & Observer, https://www.newsobserver.com


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