By Shaun Gibson : @ShaunyNews
The Pentagon has shut down a building entrance and part of a car park after a woman was sick and told medics she had recently been to Africa. Hazmat-suited crews from Arlington, Virginia, descended on the scene as the woman was taken to hospital as a possible ebola case. She began vomiting after she got off a shuttle bus that was taking guests to a high-level Marine Corps ceremony. There are conflicting reports as to whether the other passengers on the bus have been quarantined or were released. Pentagon spokesman Lt Col Tom Crosson said all pedestrian and vehicle traffic was stopped across 17 lanes of the vast parking lot, out of an abundance of caution.
Pentagon force protection officers imposed infectious disease protocols. The scare at the Department of Defense underlines the heightened state of alert in the US over the haemorrhagic fever, which has killed more than 4,500 people in West Africa. The Obama administration has been scrambling to contain ebola since two Dallas nurses caught it after treating a Liberian man who died of the disease.
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