Residents in the Vickery Meadow neighborhood of Dallas are living near the epicenter of the Ebola scare in North Texas. Now, they’re facing a different challenge — discrimination.
Thomas Duncan stayed at an apartment in the community before being diagnosed with Ebola and admitted into Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital for treatment.
Dallas City Council member Jennifer Staubach Gates says that she met with over 30 community leaders on Monday, trying to assess the needs of the residents. Most are concerned about the possible stigma of living near the apartment building.
“Unfortunately, they are feeling discriminated against,” said Gates. “We still have some that have been turned away from jobs. Some that have been turned away at retail locations. We’re getting them in touch with legal aid and any resources necessary.”
Gates believes that educating the public is the only way to reverse the stigma.
“These residents, unless they happen to be one of those that were exposed that are being traced, they are not at risk for getting the disease and are not at risk for transmitting the diseases,” said Gates.
Forty eight individuals have been identified as “high risk” patients. Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings says these individuals are being seen once a day and are having their temperatures checked twice daily.
“We have zero symptoms out there,” said Rawlings. “Zero. That is a good sign.”
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SOURCE: DFW CBS Local