Two Belmont County Residents Being Watched for Ebola Symptoms

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UPDATE: 

Belmont County Commissioner Mark Thomas said on Sunday night that the two residents in Belmont County were identified as being in the same vicinity of Amber Vinson, the nurse who was diagnosed with Ebola. Those two residents have no symptoms, are not ill, are not quarantined, and there is no reason to believe there is any Ebola issue within the county.

The two are asked to report any symptoms to the health department, if they were to get them.

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ORIGINAL STORY:

Two people in Belmont County are being monitored for Ebola-like symptoms, according to the Toledo Blade.

This comes as the number of people being monitored for possible Ebola exposure grew from 16 people on Thursday to 87 on Saturday.

It includes primarily reside in the Akron or Cleveland areas. Fourteen are from Summit County, seven from Cuyahoga County, three from Medina County, two from Belmont County, and one from Portage County.

Over the weekend, the family of a Dallas nurse who tested positive for Ebola after flying to Ohio and returning home says she wouldn’t knowingly expose herself or anyone else.

It says in a statement issued Sunday through a spokesman suggestions nurse Amber Vinson ignored protocols recommended to her are false. It says she reported her body temperature three times before boarding her Oct. 13 flight home.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has acknowledged Vinson checked in repeatedly and was cleared for travel.

Three people have been quarantined in northeast Ohio following Vinson’s visit to Cleveland to prepare for her wedding. None has exhibited Ebola-like symptoms.

Ohio Governor John Kasich led a news conference on Saturday, and said this is not a reason for people to say it is getting more serious. Kasich said it just means health officials have talked to all people in the state known to have come into contact with Ms. Vinson.

Vinson cared for a man who died from Ebola in Dallas.

Ebola is spread through bodily fluids. Someone who’s infected doesn’t become contagious until she shows symptoms. Health officials say Vinson exhibited symptoms in Ohio.

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