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Dallas Ebola monitoring period comes to an end

Twenty-one days after a final person had contact with one of Dallas' three Ebola patients, state health officials announced that the city's monitoring period had ended, KERA News reports.

The final person being monitored by the Texas Department of State Health Services was a worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who had handled medical waste on Oct. 17. Ebola's longest incubation period is 21 days, so officials said that health worker's monitoring period had ended on Friday evening.

No new cases of Ebola have been reported in Texas, and the two nurses who treated Thomas Eric Duncan last month and became infected with Ebola have recovered and been declared virus-free. The total number of people monitored was 177 — those individuals had either handled medical waste or come into contact with one of the state's three Ebola patients.