Ebola Information

The City of Rowlett has the utmost care and concern with the health and well being of our citizens. We hope you find the links and information on this page helpful in your quest for information about the Ebola virus and updates to any situations that may affect our community.

Please call 972-412-6194 for the most current and up-to-date information regarding this situation.

CDC Ebola Facts:

  • Ebola is caused by a virus
  • Symptoms of Ebola include fever greater than 101.5, severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, unexplained bleeding or bruising.
  • Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure, average 8 to 10 days.
  • Ebola is contracted by having direct contact with the blood or body fluids (including but not limited to feces, saliva, urine, vomit and semen) of a person who is sick with Ebola or with objects (like needles and syringes) that have been contaminated with the blood or body fluids of an infected person.
  • Ebola is not a waterborne illness. View an informational fact sheet regarding this (PDF).
  • The best protection from the Ebola virus is to practice careful hygiene. For example, wash your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer and avoid contact with blood and bodily fluids.

Informational Links

CDC Ebola Fact Sheet (PDF)
Garland Public Health (PDF) Ebola Fact Sheet (PDF)
Center for Disease Control
Texas Department of State Health Services Ebola Information
Dallas County Ebola Information
Water Utility Fact Sheet (PDF)

Update: Thursday, October 16

As we know, a second healthcare worker was diagnosed with the Ebola virus and traveled on a flight from Cleveland to Dallas earlier this week. She was not showing any symptoms of the disease during her travel, it is important to know that individuals are not contagious until symptoms appear.

Two Rowlett residents, who have children attending Schrade Middle School, were also passengers on this flight. They have been in contact with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and, because their seating location was in a no-risk area, no quarantine is necessary and the students are not being withheld from school.

Both families are cooperating entirely with the CDC. The City of Rowlett is communicating with GISD, the CDC and Dallas County Health & Human Services (DCHHS). GISD is taking proactive measures at the school, which include increased cleaning throughout the day, an intensive deep-clean this evening and an expert cleaning this weekend.

More information is available at:

Garland Independent School District website

Garland Independent School District Health Services website

These websites include frequently asked questions, how to talk to your child regarding Ebola, and timely updates. GISD is in ongoing communication with the Center for Disease Control and DCHHS. A hotline is also available for reporting concerns, 800-527-7140.

Please watch this informational video produced by Rowlett Fire Rescue Emergency Management personnel to learn more.