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State orders family of Ebola patient to stay home

AUSTIN - From Texas Department of State Health Services

Out of an abundance of caution, Texas and Dallas County health officials have ordered four close family members of the Dallas Ebola patient to stay home and not have any visitors to prevent the potential spread of disease. 

“We have tried and true protocols to protect the public and stop the spread of this disease,” said Dr. David Lakey, Texas health commissioner. “This order gives us the ability to monitor the situation in the most meticulous way.”

The local health department had previously instructed the family to stay home, but a strict public health control order is needed to ensure compliance. Ebola is not contagious until symptoms appear. The family members do not have symptoms at this time.

The orders were hand delivered to the family members Wednesday evening by local health officials. The orders legally require the family to stay at home and not have any visitors without approval from the local or state health department until at least Oct. 19. The order is in place until the incubation period has passed and the family is no longer at risk of having the disease.

The order requires the family to be available to provide blood samples and agree to any testing required by public health officials and to immediately report any symptoms to Dallas County Health and Human Services. Symptoms include fever above 100.5 degrees, headache, nausea, diarrhea or abdominal pain. 

Texas law allows the state health department and the local health authority to issue control measures to a person who is ill with, has been exposed to, or is the carrier of a communicable disease. (Health and Safety Code §81.083). Control measures by law can include isolation, quarantine and preventive therapy. If a person does not follow these orders, they can be enforced by the courts, and the person can face criminal charges.


I-10 reopens in Orange County following crash that killed 4 people

ORANGE COUNTY - State troopers have reopened Interstate 10 in Orange County Thursday morning while they investigate a collision involving two 18 wheelers and two other vehicles that killed two children and two adults.

I-10 East and West reopened at about 5 a.m. Thursday following the crash at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The collision near the Asher turnaround in Rose City involved two 18-wheelers, a KIA SUV and a 1994 Ford.  Investigators say at least one of the vehicles caught on fire.

Two children and one adult in one vehicle died. Another adult in a second vehicle was also killed.

State troopers aren't releasing their names until relatives are notified.

 

Update: Four dead in multi-vehicle crash
ORANGE COUNTY - KFDM NEWS

The Department of Public Safety has confirmed four people have died following a multiple-vehicle wreck on the westbound side of Interstate 10 near the Asher Turnaround.

According to DPS, two 18-wheelers and two passenger vehicles were involved in the wreck around 9:30 Wednesday evening.

It is not clear how the vehicles collided, but DPS says at least one of the vehicles caught fire.

A spokesperson with DPS says one adult and two children in one of the passenger vehicles and one adult in another vehicle died in the wreck.

A spokesperson with the Texas Department of Transportation says that area of I-10 will be closed through the night and will remain closed until sometime Thursday afternoon.

It will affect morning commutes.

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