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Decatur Schools Say Employee Who Visited Africa Poses No Ebola Threat

Decatur Public Schools issued a statement today saying a staff member at MacArthur High, who traveled to Africa, has been cleared by a doctor.   The announcement came after concerns from parents over potential exposure to Ebola.  

The district says the individual was in South Africa, outside of the region where Ebola has been concentrated.  

The statement released says the staff member was deemed not to be at risk and after seeing their personal physician, was cleared to return to work. 

The district's statement follows:

Decatur Public Schools has started receiving inquiries regarding a MacArthur High School staff member who traveled to South Africa - 3000 miles away from the region in Africa where Ebola is prevalent. With the current concerns of this in the news, we wanted to let our families know that our staff member has spoken with the Macon County Health Department and was not deemed to be at risk. The staff member also followed–up with a visit to their personal physician and was cleared to return to work.

The employee did not intend to cause concern for District families or staff and has chosen to not work directly with students to ease the concerns of district parents.

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