Dallas Finally Gets Some Good Ebola News

Ebola monitoring ends for dozens there
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 20, 2014 1:23 AM CDT
Updated Oct 20, 2014 7:46 AM CDT
Ebola Monitoring Ends for Dozens in Dallas
A mourner cries during a memorial service for Thomas Eric Duncan over the weekend.   (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)

After weeks of fear, there's now relief in Dallas: Around 50 people who had contact with Thomas Eric Duncan before he was admitted to the hospital have reached the end of the 21-day monitoring period without showing signs of Ebola. The people declared risk-free include health workers, the paramedics who drove the Liberian national to the hospital, and Louise Troh, the fiancee Duncan came to the US to marry, reports the New York Times. "We are so happy this is coming to an end, and we are grateful that none of us has shown any sign of illness," she said in a statement released through her pastor. "Our happiness is mixed with sadness at the same time. ... We have lost so much, but we have our lives and we have our faith in God, which always gives us hope."

Troh—whose apartment was gutted and belongings incinerated—is now trying to rebuild her life and find somewhere new to live with her 13-year-old son, the pastor says. "She is an American citizen who did absolutely nothing wrong in this case. Through no fault of her own, she lost the love of her life, and they lost all their possessions," he tells the Dallas Morning News. "They have nothing, and yet people are blaming her." Nurses Nina Pham and Amber Vinson are being treated for Ebola and are listed in stable condition, while some 75 people who came into contact with Duncan after he entered the hospital are still being monitored for symptoms. Officials say today will be the end of the peak period during which health care workers who treated Duncan are most likely to develop symptoms. (More Ebola stories.)

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