Sheriff’s Deputy Tests Negative for Ebola

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UPDATE: Texas Department of State Health Services has confirmed the Dallas County Sheriff's deputy has tested negative for Ebola.

FRISCO, TX-Just hours after health officials announced the death of Ebola patient, Thomas Eric Duncan, reports of a second possible case of Ebola are surfacing.

The person in question is a Dallas County Sheriff's Deputy. He entered the apartment where Duncan was staying and had contact with Duncan’s family members.

"While we are being told the risk is minimal, an over abundance of caution we're taking several actions to make sure the public health safety and welfare is protected," said Mayher Maso, the mayor of Frisco.

At approximately 12:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon he sought medical treatment at this CareNow facility in Frisco. Because of his close proximity with Duncan, Frisco Fire Department transferred the deputy to the emergency room at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. He has been admitted and will be tested for exposure to the Ebola virus.

Still no word about what symptoms the deputy is experiencing at this time.

"It’s the sign the CDC puts out of Ebola, you have nausea, vomiting, headache, this patient was not experiencing all of the symptoms, just a few," said Mark Piland, Fire Chief for the Frisco Fire Department.

The deputy's neighbors are now concerned after several health and county officials, including County Judge Clay Jenkins entered the apartment without protective gear.

"It’s so close to home, I pray for him and his family and his children that he's gonna be ok and hopefully it's just the flu," said Ann Bucarl.

With the potential for this deadly virus to spread, more questions are coming up about the public's health and what's at risk.

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