AKRON, Ohio — Health officials announced Friday there were no cases of the Ebola virus disease in Summit County.
Sixteen people were being monitored after having contact with Amber Vinson, the Dallas nurse who visited Northeast Ohio and was then diagnosed with Ebola after returning to Texas.
All of the contacts were healthy with no sign of illness, Dr. Mary DiOrio with the Ohio Department of Health said.
Twelve of the contacts are in Summit County, six are in Cuyahoga.
Dr. Margo Erme with Summit County Public Health said contacts do not have the disease. She added it’s possible to be exposed to Ebola without being infected by it.
The virus is transmitted by direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person who is symptomatic.
Leaders stressed there is no need for schools to close or events to be canceled.
The Summit County Public Health phone line is available for your questions:
Read more from the news conference in the live blog below.
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