Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) said in a news conference Tuesday the state was equipped to handle the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States, and said “some school-aged children had contact” with the patient and are being monitored at home.
“This case is serious,” Perry said. “Rest assured that our system is working as it should.”
Perry said Texas was one of 13 states certified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct Ebola testing.
“We wish it was somewhere else, but it’s here,” he said at the news conference held at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. “We have a team of extraordinary men and women delivering care to this individual.”
Five students from four schools who had come in contact with the patient diagnosed with Ebola did not show symptoms of the virus, but were kept home as a precaution, the Dallas Independent School District said in a letter. Additional nurses and custodial staff were being sent to the five schools as a precaution.
This post has been updated with additional information from the Dallas Independent School District.