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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Hazmat crews in Dallas spent Thursday night clearing out the apartment unit where Ebola patient Thomas Duncan was staying before being admitted into Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital for treatment. Duncan is the first Ebola diagnosis in the United States.
The crew tasked with working at the Dallas apartment unit is specialized in communicable disease cleanup and containment. They are back inside of the apartment unit on Friday to continue their work.
Neighbors at The Ivy Apartments in northeast Dallas are voicing their concerns that the Ebola threat was so close to their homes.
The apartment unit, located in the middle of the complex, is now under quarantine. State health officials said that four people inside of the unit are being watched very closely — including regular fever checks — to see if they too develop the symptoms of the Ebola virus. Those individuals did not follow the initial request to stay home during an isolation period, so now law enforcement officials are making sure that they do not leave again.
Food and other supplies are being delivered to the apartment unit while those four people are under quarantine. They could be forced to stay there for 21 days. And, by all accounts, they are not happy about being there.
Willfred Smallwood is Duncan’s half-brother. His son is one of the four individuals inside of the apartment unit. “His name is Oliver. He talked to me and we talked good,” Smallwood said. “He said, ‘We inside. We can’t get outside. We in the house here.'”
Louise Troh said that it is stressful being quarantined with her 13-year-old son and nephews. “They came here last night with paperwork for us to sign, that if we step outside, then they’re going to take us to court,” she said, “that we’ll have committed a crime.”
However, others who live at the apartment complex say that not enough is being done to keep them safe. “This place needs to be blocked, everyone screened,” said resident David Mbusa. “Whoever lives here should stay inside.”
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