The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed the first case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the United States in a male who traveled to Dallas, TX from Liberia.
The CDC is reporting that the patient did not exhibit symptoms when leaving West Africa but fell ill on September 24, 2014, four days after arriving in the U.S. He sought medical care at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas on September 26th and was admitted on September 28th after developing symptoms consistent with Ebola. The patient was isolated in the medical facility and specimens were sent for testing at the CDC and a Texas lab participating in the CDC’s Laboratory Response Network, which confirmed the Ebola diagnosis.
Because Ebola is only contagious if the infected individual is exhibiting symptoms, the passengers on the same commercial airline flight from Liberia to Dallas are not considered to be in danger of contracting Ebola. The CDC does not recommend that these passengers undergo monitoring, but those concerned can contact the CDC for additional information.
CDC and Texas public health officials are in the process of identifying individuals who have had close personal contact with the patient. Healthcare professionals are also reminded to use meticulous infection control at all times to prevent the further spread of the virus. CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, stated that while there could be additional cases linked to this patient in the coming weeks, the odds that it will be contained and isolated is high.
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