By Elise Viebeck - 10/01/14 06:21 PM EDT
Some Dallas parents pulled their children out of school Wednesday after health officials said five area children had come into contact with an Ebola patient over the weekend.
The five children were kept at home Wednesday, but that did not stop families from picking up their kids out of fears they might be vulnerable to illness, according to local news reports.
Dallas health officials had insisted that no other children were at risk of developing Ebola and urged families to keep their kids in school.
The Ebola patient was identified in news reports as Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian man who had shared a residence with an Ebola-stricken woman prior to his travel to the United States.
He arrived in Dallas on Sept. 20, developed symptoms on Wednesday and first sought care on Friday.
Dallas Presbyterian Hospital initially thought he had the flu and refused to admit him on Friday, though Duncan said he had recently been in West Africa.
He was hospitalized on Sunday after making contact with between 12 and 18 people over the weekend.