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POPLARVILLE, MS (WDAM) - The Poplarville School District Superintendent issued a statement Thursday afternoon addressing an employee who recently traveled to Africa. 

The school has taken precautions to confirm where in Africa he traveled in the wake of the Ebola outbreak. 

Carl Merritt, Poplarville School District Superintendent, released the following statement:

"As the public is well aware, the Poplarville School District has an employee who has traveled to Africa. We are in the process of trying to determine the specific regions he visited while in Africa.  But it is our understanding he did not visit any country where Ebola is a problem. Upon his return, he will be placed in contact with officials with the Mississippi State Dept. of Health for a determination of whether he poses a risk.  In no event will this employee return to work until he has been cleared by the state department of health.  The school district will provide more updates as more information becomes available," said Meritt. 

According to the Center for Disease Control, Ebola can only be contracted through direct contact with bodily fluids such as vomit, feces, or blood. The disease is not an airborne illness. 

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