- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 2, 2014

Texas officials have told family members of the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. to stay home and not entertain visitors.

NBC News reported that the legal order was hand-delivered to Thomas Eric Duncan’s relatives late Wednesday by state officials. They must comply through at least Oct. 19, when the virus’ three-week incubation period has lapsed.

Officials told the family to be available for blood samples and agree to any medical testing that may be required.

Mr. Duncan, 42, is a Liberian national who arrived in Texas on Sept. 20 to stay with family. He fell ill four days later and sought treatment at a Dallas hospital on Friday, but word he had been in West Africa was not passed along to every member of the clinical team.

He was sent home, increasing the risk of contagion, before his condition worsened and he was admitted on Sunday.

Officials said Mr. Duncan interacted with five school-age children from various schools.

The children are being monitored at home for any symptoms, and Bloomberg reports that some parents are keeping their kids home from school because at least one of the children who saw Mr. Duncan attends the same school.

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