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Lynchburg-area schools screening for Ebola

Wednesday - 8/20/2014, 1:58pm  ET

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) -- Liberty University is screening international students for the Ebola virus.

Media outlets report that students received questionnaires this week regarding visits to any West African villages. Liberty also plans to monitor the students for 21 days.

Other colleges in the Lynchburg area plan similar screenings, along with high schools that accept exchange students.

Liberty Masters of Public Health program director Dr. Richard Lane tells media outlets that about 20 international students are from Nigeria, including 17 who are new students.

Nigeria is one of four countries affected by the current Ebola outbreak. The others are Sierra Leona, Liberia and Guinea. The outbreak began last December and has killed 1,229 people in these countries.

Lane says measures are in place locally to handle Ebola if there was a suspected case.


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