Thomas Duncan is the middle picture.  Who’s going to pay for this?  I know…that’s racist.

Schoolchildren in Texas may be at risk from Ebola today after five children who attend four different Dallas schools came in close contact with the first patient diagnosed with the deadly virus on U.S. soil. 

Officials said on Wednesday that the students were in school this week after possibly being in contact with the patient over the weekend when he had become contagious.

The Ebola patient was named today as Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian national who had traveled to the U.S. from Liberia on September 20 to visit family.

His sister Mai Wureh said her sick brother told officials the first time he went to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital that he was visiting from the West African country in the so-called ‘Ebola hot zone’ – before he was sent home with antibiotics, a critically missed opportunity to prevent others being exposed to the disease. 

Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Mike Miles said on Wednesday the children who came in contact with Mr Duncan are showing no symptoms and are now being monitored at home. As an added precaution, Miles says additional health and custodial staff will be at the high, middle and two elementary schools – the students attend.

Mr Duncan’s family are among up to 18 people being monitored after exposure to the man along with the ambulance crew who transported him to hospital.

Ebola is in America: Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan is diagnosed with disease in Dallas, Texas.  And what about everyone else that this man exposed?