Boynton, Florida (AP) A dental school in Boynton has closed after it became the site of a deadly outbreak of Ebola in West Africa.
Boynton Beach Dental Center announced Thursday that it had closed all outpatient dental offices in the city, which has one of the highest rates of deaths from the disease in the United States.
The Dental Academy, which opened in 1976, was the only dental school within a 100-mile radius of the site where a new outbreak began.
It’s unclear why the Dental School decided to close after so many people contracted Ebola, including those who attended the dental school, and the Dents, the school’s principal and assistant principal.
The school has reopened and is working with the state to make sure it is safe for students, said Sarah Kelleher, who owns the DontCare, the company that operates the Denture Center.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday it had detected a new Ebola strain of the virus in the region, but said there was no evidence that any patients have died from the virus.
It’s unclear when the dental schools closure will be completed.
The Centers for Children and Families said Thursday it will begin an investigation to determine whether any students were exposed to the new strain of Ebola.