CDC Team Assisting Ebola Response in Dallas
(HealthDay News) — Experts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have arrived in Texas and are working closely with Texas state and local health departments to investigate the first Ebola case in the United States, according to a news release issued by the agency.
According to the CDC, these experts will help state and local health departments find, assess, and assist everyone who came into contact with the Ebola patient between the time he became symptomatic and the time he was placed in isolation. The CDC experts will also help ensure that proper infection control procedures are followed, as well as monitor health care workers treating and caring for the patient.
The CDC has also issued a reminder to health care providers to take a travel history from any person with symptoms of viral infection and consider Ebola in patients who develop fever >101.5 degrees Fahrenheit, severe headache, muscle pain, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, or unexplained bruising or bleeding 21 days after traveling from Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, or Sierra Leone. Immediate infection control precautions should be taken in cases of suspected Ebola, and the team should contact their state or local health department if they have any questions.
"We recognize that it is essential that appropriate measures are taken to prevent the virus from spreading," CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, said in a statement. "CDC is working closely with partners to implement those measures."
The CDC and the state of Texas will post new information about Ebola on their websites as it becomes available: