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Latest possible Ebola victim was sent into Ebola apt without hazmat gear

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The newest Ebola scare in the Dallas area involves a Dallas County sheriff’s deputy named Michael Monning (or Michael “Monnig”) who was sent into Thomas Duncan’s apartment earlier this month:

.@wfaachannel8 reports that possible Ebola patient from Frisco is a Dallas County sheriff’s deputy who went into Thomas Eric Duncan’s apt

— Matthew Haag (@matthewhaag) October 8, 2014

Report by @NBCDFW that new suspected patient is a Dallas County Deputy Sheriff who served quarantine papers on Thomas Duncan's residence.

— Amos Magliocco (@amosmagliocco) October 8, 2014

Oh geez. NBCDFW reporting the man in the ambulance is a staffer w/ Dallas County Sheriff's Office & had been in Duncan’s apartment. #Ebola

— Brian Rie$ (@moneyries) October 8, 2014

#BREAKING:DalCo Health Dir. says Dep. Micheal Monning didn't have DIRECT contact w/Duncan. @jdmiles11 says Monning WAS in Ebola apt.

— Tami Carr (@CarrTamicbs11) October 8, 2014

Now take a look at this tweet, from five days ago:

Dallas sheriff's deputies upset about being ordered inside Ebola patient's apartment without protective gear

— Kevin Krause (@KevinRKrause) October 3, 2014

From the linked article:

Five Dallas County sheriff’s deputies who were ordered Wednesday to go inside the Dallas apartment where an Ebola patient stayed are now worried about their health.

And the sheriff’s association that represents them is not happy about the department’s lack of preparations and precautions before sending them.

Sgt. Chris Dyer, president of the association, said a lieutenant, sergeant and three deputies went inside the apartment to serve the containment warrant that asked the occupants not to leave. The deputies accompanied the county’s health director, Zachary Thompson, and its medical director, Christopher Perkins, to the apartment, Dyer said.

The deputies were not wearing any protective gear, not even latex gloves, Dyer said.

[Emphasis added.]

What. The. Hell.

Yes, Michael Monning/Monnig was apparently one of those deputies.

Sgt. Monnig and the other deputies were not wearing any type of protective gear when they accompanied county health officials into the apartment late Wednesday to issue an order to the people inside, forbidding them from leaving the apartment.

Sgt. Monnig says they were assured by health officials that no one inside the apartment was showing symptoms of Ebola and that the danger was remote.

#BREAKING Via Sgt. Michael Monning is the deputy being checked for #ebola symptoms (crct spelling)" @lazlothebuzz He was in Duncan's appa

— Jessica Mantonya (@mammajess82) October 8, 2014

It may turn out to be something other than Ebola. Let’s hope so.

BREAKING: Sheriffs Association says deputy had stomach pain. And want to emphasize that this is a PRECAUTION.

— Meagan Harris (@MeaganMHarris) October 8, 2014

#BREAKING Dallas Co. Sheriff's Assn. confirms patient from Frisco is a deputy who wasn't feeling well. Sought treatment as a precaution.

— Ryan Wood (@RyanWoodDFW) October 8, 2014

Editor’s note: Twitchy has seen two different spellings of Monning/Monnig’s last name. We will update this post when we can confirm the correct spelling.

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