DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – While the conditions of two North Texas nurses who contracted Ebola continue to improve, federal and local health officials say they continue to monitor dozens of other people who may have been exposed to the virus.
On October 22 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention joined Dallas County and the City of Dallas to release an Ebola monitoring graph.
Officials said their hope is for those in the public to have a better understanding of the number of private citizens and healthcare workers who are still in isolation or under surveillance.
As of October 22, sixty-six people have completed their isolation and/or monitoring and 108 are still being actively monitored.
Doctor Lyle Peterson, the Senior CDC official in Dallas, said, “As the graph shows, the number of people at risk for contracting Ebola is decreasing each day. Although we are not out of the woods yet, it is very encouraging we have not seen any other cases.”
The graph also has a date progression, through November 6, that shows when surveillance will be complete.
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said, “There are still more hurdles to overcome, but we’ve reached a significant milestone in this difficult journey.”
The mayor spent part of Wednesday afternoon on a conference call talking to other mayors across the country about the lessons learned since the Ebola virus presented in Dallas.
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