DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – According to a statement released on Friday afternoon, two workers with Dallas Area Rapid Transit have been sent home for connections to individuals who are either carrying the Ebola virus, or have been exposed to those carrying the virus. DART is now taking additional precautions to make sure that their customers remain safe.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that both DART employees are considered to be “low risk” because they had no direct contact with someone who has the virus.
One of the DART employees is a bus operator who was on the plane with Ebola patient Amber Vinson as she traveled from Cleveland to Dallas. The nurse was among those health care workers who cared for original Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan during his stay at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. She then boarded a Frontier Airlines flight in Cleveland with a low-grade fever, and was later diagnosed with Ebola.
The bus operator learned about his possible exposure to the Ebola virus and quickly contacted the CDC, but not until after he had completed a shift on Wednesday morning. He was not displaying any symptoms at the time and, according to the CDC’s information, could not have transmitted the virus. Still, officials with DART are working to locate customers who were on that bus.
The bus that this individual was operating has been removed from service for a thorough cleaning.
Details about the second DART employee were not released. Both employees were sent home. DART stated that they will remain at home until it is determined to be safe for them to return to work. Officials with DART are remaining in contact with local, state and federal health care officials for advice on how to proceed.
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