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Residents React to Ebola Health Scare Tuesday Night, City Applauds Emergency Personnel

Alicia Neaves
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - An Ebola health scare at the Midland International Air and Space Port last night, as a woman was transported to the hospital after she displayed symptoms of Ebola. The deadly virus was later ruled out.

Now, residents are offering their thoughts after this incident.

Residents who fly into Midland International Air and Space Port have some peace of mind as efforts are being made to prevent any outbreak from landing in our community.

Facebook and Twitter were filled with Basin residents reacting to the health scare at the Midland International Air and Space Port Tuesday night.

Those who have plans to fly into the airport Thursday think international travelers should be watched more closely.

“I think there needs to be something done to monitor people that are flying in from other countries. Or stopped all together. That's always in the back of your mind,” Odessa resident, Wayne Dunson, said.

With our local airport seeing flights from all over, passengers often stop in larger cities on the way, like Dallas.

“You don't want to come in contact with anyone that might be contaminated. Especially on my way in tomorrow, I can't get a direct flight. So I have to go through Dallas where there could be people from all over the place flying in,” Dunson said.

After hearing the news of the Ebola health scare, future passengers feel more comfortable traveling knowing local emergency responders are well prepared should an outbreak happen.

“I think it would definitely give you a little piece of mind just at least knowing there are some efforts being made to try and mitigate the chances of something happening,” Dunson said.

As the City of Midland takes a look back on operations last night, they are pleased with the effective communication by all agencies involved.

“Many of the agencies that were involved in last night's operations had done some kind of training with Ebola and had talked about what are the signs we should be looking for, and how to handle it,” Public Information Officer for the City of Midland, Sara Bustilloz, said.

The woman who showed symptoms of Ebola was treated at Midland Memorial Hospital, where physicians say the virus was completely ruled out. All other 69 passengers were told to monitor their health and see a doctor should anything out of the ordinary pop up.

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