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Ebola scare puts Pentagon on alarm

Friday, October 17, 2014 - 01:30

Officials say a woman who had recently traveled to Africa vomited in a Pentagon parking lot Friday, sparking an Ebola scare for those nearby. Nathan Frandino reports.

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A woman is in a Virginia hospital after an Ebola scare at the Pentagon puts nearly two dozen people on edge. Officials say the woman, who had recently traveled to Africa, vomited after temporarily getting on and off a bus in a Pentagon parking lot. She was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital in northern Virginia. The 22 people on board were taken to a neighborhood in southeast D.C., where it was held briefly before another bus arrived. The status of the two buses was unclear. Passengers were free to go after health officials instructed them to monitor their temperatures for 21 days. (SOUNDBITE) (English) COLONEL DAVE LAPAN, BUS PASSENGER, SAYING: "In several days if they confirm that she does not have, then they basically wipe away the 21 days for us. So again, it's precautionary." The bus had been heading to a high-level Marine Corps ceremony. Witnesses say they believe the woman had simply gotten on the wrong bus. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LIEUTENANT COLONEL ERIC DENT, BUS PASSENGER, SAYING: "She came on the bus, went to the back. I don't know. I didn't see her go to the bathroom. Then she walked back to the front and got off." The incident comes amid mounting alarm in the U.S. about the risks from Ebola. An Ebola patient in Texas has already died, and two nurses who cared for the patient have also contracted the virus, which has killed more than 4,500 people, mostly in West Africa.

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Ebola scare puts Pentagon on alarm

Friday, October 17, 2014 - 01:30