Ebola Hoax Causes Lockdown at Texas Jail

Prosecutors in South Texas plan to charge an inmate who they say caused an approximately five-hour lockdown at a county jail after claiming to have come into contact with the Ebola virus.

Nueces County District Attorney Mark Skurka told The Corpus Christi Caller-Times Monday that the 49-year-old man will be charged with giving a false report.

Sheriff Jim Kaelin said the man was arrested on suspicion of a felony drug charge Nov. 6 when he told authorities he felt nauseated and had vomited. He said he had ridden a bus in Mexico with a person who had the deadly virus.

Corpus Christi health officials said the man hadn't been to Mexico and didn't have Ebola.

Kaelin says the hoax cost the county more than $10,000.

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