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Health Department: No cases of Ebola in Summit County

Summit County news conference on Ebola. (Source: WOIO) Summit County news conference on Ebola. (Source: WOIO)
SUMMIT COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - Summit County Public Health addressed Ebola concerns Friday morning. The briefing began with the words, "No cases of Ebola in Summit County." 

That was reiterated several times during the news conference. 

Dallas nurse and Akron native, Amber Vinson was diagnosed with Ebola after returning from a visit in Northeast Ohio. Vinson was one of several healthcare workers who treated Thomas Eric Duncan in Dallas, the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S.  The Liberian man died of Ebola on Oct. 8.

Vinson traveled to Akron via Hopkins Airport in Cleveland on Oct. 10. She left on Oct. 13. Vinson came in contact with several people during her visit to Ohio, including visiting an Akron bridal shop, Coming Attractions Bridal Shop on East Tallmadge Avenue. 

The owners voluntarily closed the shop and calls are coming in from people who also visited that shop during the weekend. The CDC wants to talk to customers who were in the shop on Saturday from noon until 3:30 p.m.

Sixteen people are currently being monitored in Summit  and Cuyahoga Counties. One person in Summit County is being quarantined. 

"They are currently healthy, with no signs of illness," said Dr. Mary DiOrio of the Ohio Department of Health. 

"We have a health department person going to their house every day," said Dr. Margo Erme of the Summit County Department of Public Health. "We are monitoring the process, minute-by-minute."

Dr. Christopher Braden with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the contacts in Dallas who had extensive contact with Thomas Duncan remain well and are coming to the end of the 21 incubation period, the maximum time between when a person can contract Ebola and show symptoms.

"We don't want to miss anything, there's no room for error, we're going to say that even back to Friday, that it's possible, We don't know, it's possible she could have been ill that long," said Braden.

And Braden admits in hindsight Vinson should not have flown. The policy has since been changed.

Summit County Public Health in Akron has set up an Ebola information line for the public, 330-926-3939.

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