NASCAR sent a memo to teams today, sharing guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outlining the transmission of the Ebola virus.
All three NASCAR National Series travel to Texas Motor Speedway this weekend. Texas
Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas has treated at
least two Ebola patients in recent weeks, raising concern in come corners over the safety of teams, officials and fans.
The memo confirmed
that Ebola can be contracted only by traveling to countries where there are
outbreaks in progress, by coming into physical contact with individuals who have
treated Ebola patients or by "coming into contact with someone who recently
traveled from West Africa AND has symptoms of Ebola."
The memo says NASCAR
will "continue to closely monitor the situation and remain in communication with
our group of consulting physicians as well as our track partners and local
public health officials.”
The sanctioning body did not recommend any changes to
the daily routines for drivers or crewmembers, who come in regular contact with
large numbers of fans.