Spit Happens: Woman Falls Ill at DART Station, Not on Ebola Watch List

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DALLAS - A woman initially believed to have fallen ill with Ebola-like symptoms, forced the temporary closure of the White Rock DART station.

Initial reports indicated the woman vomited on the platform and was among those currently being monitored for Ebola. The call resulted in hazmat-clad Dallas-Fire Rescue teams to swarm the station.

A press release issued by DFR states, "While medics were assessing the patient, she shared information, which included living in the same apartment building as the first confirmed Ebola patient (Mr. Duncan) in addition to being under ordered quarantine. This, coupled with patient presentation, led them to believe they could be dealing with a potential Ebola exposure."

However, it was later discovered that the woman was not on an Ebola watch list, nor did she live at the Ivy Apartments. DFR added the woman suffered from a spider bite.

Morgan Lyons from DART said the woman spit, not vomited, at the station. She was taken to a local hospital for observation.

"Although she did not vomit on either the platform or the vehicle, we are removing the railcar from service out of an abundance of caution and inspect it. We already had additional rail cars in service today to support customers attending the State Fair," Lyons said in a statement.

Service resumed at the station after 5PM Saturday.

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