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Texas officials are reporting some terrifying news in the wake of America’s newfound health scare.

Around 80 people may have been exposed to U.S. Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan or at the least, one of his family members before he was taken by the local hospital.

Reports CNBC:

It’s unclear if Duncan was already showing symptoms of the virus when he or his family in North Dallas came into contact with the estimated 80 people. But those contacts will be investigated, questioned and monitored to determine exactly how close they got.

Most, if not all of them, were notified Wednesday. Duncan, who was admitted to the hospital on Sunday after complaining of a fever and abdominal pain, remains in stable but serious condition. He’s the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S., and only began showing symptoms after arriving in the country on Sept. 20.

Separately, Texas health officials have ordered four family members who had contact with the Dallas Ebola patient to stay home and not have visitors to prevent the potential spread of disease.

Ebola is not contagious until symptoms appear. The family members do not have symptoms at this time.

Two days after he was sent home from the hospital, Duncan was also spotted vomiting outside an apartment complex. The deadly virus, as we’ve come to find out, is spread through the exchange of bodily fluid so that incident was alarming within itself.

Duncan become exposed to Ebola when he traveled back to his native homeland of Liberia last mothn.

Photo: RT America