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DALLAS (CBS 11 NEWS) – Monday marked a major milestone in the efforts to put an end to the spread of the Ebola virus in Dallas.
Fifty-one people completed the 21-day surveillance period and were taken off the watch list. Among those now no longer being monitored are Thomas Duncan’s fiancée, Louise Troh, and her family.
For the past three weeks they’ve been staying at a secluded cabin in Oak Cliff owned by the Catholic Diocese of Dallas.
The cabin, usually used for church retreats, was offered to family when the city needed a secure place to keep them isolated.
“We have been very happy to have them here,” said Bishop Kevin J. Farrell.
But while those who had contact with Duncan before he was admitted into the hospital have been given the ‘all clear’ to return to their normal lives, some in the Dallas community closest to apartment complex where Duncan stayed remain anxious.
At Monday’s Discount Food Mart, just a block from the Ivy Apartments, customers said many in the neighborhood are still worried about coming into contact with someone now off the watch list.
“I try not to worry, but the other side is worried,” said Brenda Mendez.
On Monday, Farrell called on the faith community to not let these fears stand in the way of helping.
He said, “I would hope that the whole community would kind of understand and bring them back into the community and be kind, compassionate, and accepting.”
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