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Woman-Scared-Phone-Window-Blinds(NaturalNews) Dallas health authorities are doing a poor job of alleviating fears over Ebola, as a sort of reverse 911 automated telephone call “alerted” hundreds of people in recent days with this chilling message: “Your neighbor has Ebola.”

The Huffington Post reported that every address within a four-block radius of the nurse, Nina Pham, 26, in Northeast Dallas received phone calls on October 12 after she became the second person in the city — and the U.S. — to test positive for the virus.

Recorded in a male voice, the call informed residents that Pham was “in the hospital and isolated,” and that going forward there is “no ongoing danger to your health.”

Pham works at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, where she helped take care of the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S., Thomas Eric Duncan, who died October 8. She became the first person to contract the deadly disease while on U.S. soil; Duncan brought it back with him from his home country of Liberia, the hardest-hit of the three most-affected West African nations (Sierra Leone and Guinea are the others).

Reverse 911 call

As reported by The Huffington Post, the text of the message is as follows:

This is an important message from the city of Dallas.

Please be advised that a heath care worker who lives in your area has tested positive for Ebola. This individual is in the hospital and isolated. Precautions are already in process to clean all known potential areas of contact to ensure public health.

While this may be concerning, there is no ongoing danger to your health. The virus does not spread through casual contact. The City of Dallas is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dallas County, Dallas Independent School District, and Community Leaders to protect your health.

For more information please call 311 or Dallas County Health and Human Services at 214-819-2004.

Public officials say the call was designed to send information to residents and to keep them calm following news that Pham had tested positive for the disease. But some say it had just the opposite effect.

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