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    25 Oct 2014

    Two students returned home from a mission trip to Uganda and are socially forced to stay out of school for 21 days, despite Uganda being 3000 miles from the nearest ebola case.

    oncerns over the Ebola virus triggered a complaint from the mother of a Treynor student. 
    "My daughter came home from school and she told me that a family was planning on going on a mission trip and that her classmate would be absent from school for a couple of weeks and they were going to Africa," said Traci Comstock.
    KETV reports Comstock asked for additional measures to be taken upon that student's return, and the school district has responded.
    A statement released by Treynor Community Schools said the student will be self-isolating for 21 days after returning from the mission trip to Uganda, an African nation not affected by the Ebola outbreak.
    The woman who launched the complaint is happy, but she wants to make sure a policy is set in place for the future.
    Comstock filed a complaint when she heard the student would be back in class immediately after returning.
    "Is it probable that the family will contract a contagious disease? We don't know that. But there is a risk in regard to Africa, and I think it is too great of a risk right now," Comstock said.
    Uganda has not been affected by the Ebola outbreak; however, as of Oct. 9, the World Health Organization reported one fatal case of another similar disease: the Marburg virus.
    Uganda shares its western border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where the Ebola virus was first identified and where there are currently nearly 70 cases of Ebola.
    "We understand the (Iowa Department of Public Health) and (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) are not discouraging travel to this portion of Africa and our student is considered low risk for contracting the virus. The student's family is planning to voluntarily self-isolate their child upon return from the mission trip. The voluntary self-isolation will last for 21 days," the district said in a statement.


    Read more: http://www.kcci.com/news/iowa-student-will-selfisolate-after-trip-to-africa/29314088
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