Dallas County could declare Ebola disaster


DALLAS (AP) — Dallas County commissioners will consider issuing a disaster declaration after Ebola has left a man from Liberia dead and two nurses infected.

Commissioners scheduled an emergency meeting Thursday afternoon. The proposal says Dallas County “has the potential to suffer widespread or severe damage, injury, loss or threat of life resulting from the Ebola virus.”

County Judge Clay Jenkins says the declaration could include public travel restrictions on medical personnel exposed to Ebola. The measure could also mean more government assistance.

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Thomas Eric Duncan was diagnosed while visiting Dallas. He died Oct. 8 at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.