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Ebola fears in the Lowcountry


Some Beaufort County teachers spent the summer in West Africa and they just returned. Parents are afraid because they believe those teachers could have been in the areas most affected by the Ebola outbreak.

One parent, who doesn't want to be identified, said she's concerned for her son that goes to a school in Beaufort County.

According to the World Health Organization, more than 1,900 people, including three Americans have been diagnosed with the virus.

That's why when she found out about those teachers she immediately started to worry.

With school starting next Monday, she's wondering if they should be there.

"I don't want to see anything happen negatively towards the schools or the teachers or anything like that, but we want to make sure every precaution is being taken," she said.

Every person who visits Africa is screened at least three times before they get back to America. The district said the teachers went through that screening process and they are OK. They said they don't believe there's any reason for parents to be concerned.

"With Ebola... one of the critical things to remember is you have to be sick before you can come contagious and make someone else sick and we have had no reports of anybody exhibiting those symptoms here," Jim Forster with Beaufort County Schools said.

"This thing takes so long to incubate and that's my concern is. We're not taking enough time to wait and see if they do have symptoms or not," the parent said.

The parent said she also doesn't understand why the district won't tell them who these teachers are, nor where they went while they were in Africa.

Foster said because this is a medical issue, federal privacy laws don't allow them to discuss that information.

Parents are also wondering why the district didn't tell them about this sooner. According to Foster, they just found out about this Wednesday night, and they've been notifying parents about this all day Thursday.

Foster said the teachers were not in the areas affected by the virus.

To see the news release the district sent to parents CLICK HERE.

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