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Though there was no evidence that the man was suffering from a contagious disease or had traveled to West Africa, officers took the man to a local hospital for "evacuation" where it was discovered he had no fever and had a history of being treated at various local hospitals. The Highland Precinct was nonetheless sanitized before officers were allowed to return.

When authorities found out about the scare at the Police Department "about seven firefighters at Baton Rouge Fire Department Station 11 on Highland Road" were placed on lockdown and restricted from leaving the station, even though the supposedly sick man had never been on the premises.

A spokesman for the Fire Department "emphasized the move was not a quarantine because there were never plans to sanitize the building."

(Thank you to TPM Reader BW for bringing this shining moment to my attention.)

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