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Reports that a student at Southwestern College came in contact with someone on the same flight as Texas nurse Amber Vinson caused a classroom building at the school to be shut down Thursday.
School police Chief Michael Cash said a nurse was with the student, who was "OK." School officials were taking the incident seriously, he said. "Our school is still open," Cash said. "We're still holding classes."
It happened just before 10 a.m. in the 470 building at the campus located in the 900 block of Otay Lakes Road.
All students and staff in class with the student and in the class following have been quarantined, according to Anna Pryor, editor-in-chief of the college's newspaper, The Sun. Reportedly, about 20 students have been quarantine.
Southwestern College said an Ebola scare that caused a classroom building to be cordoned off Thursday morning turned out to be without merit and officials are reopening classrooms.
A student who reported to a faculty member that she had missed classes because her sister was hospitalized with flu-like symptoms after flying last week prompted the 470 building to be closed off for several hours.
College spokeswoman Lillian Leopold said the student was not exhibiting flu-like symptoms and was thoroughly examined by a college nurse.
Leopold said the classroom was cordoned off in "an abundance of caution" after the student told a faculty member she had flown to the Midwest last week and that her sister was in the hospital.
"Our campus nurse has thoroughly examined the student and there's no expectation of Ebola," Leopold said.