September 19, 2020

Ebola in the USA: Texas patient has deadly disease

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ebola5By Danika Fears and Post Wire Services

Ebola has traveled to the United States.

A Texas patient who recently traveled to Liberia has the first confirmed case of the deadly disease in the US — and investigators are trying to figure out if he infected others, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday.
“We received in our laboratory today specimens from the individual, tested them and they tested positive for Ebola,” CDC Director Tom Friedan said during a press conference. “The State of Texas also operates a laboratory that found the same results.”The patient was diagnosed with the deadly disease at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, where he is being kept in isolation.

The “critically ill” person arrived in the U.S. from Liberia on Sept. 20, but did not exhibit suspicious symptoms until four or five days later, Friedan said.

Screen Shot 2014-09-30 at 5.39.27 PMOn Sept. 26, the patient sought care, but was not placed in isolation at the hospital until two days later.

Health officials are now looking to, “identify all people who may have had contact with the patient while he could’ve been infectious,” Friedan said.

Those people will be isolated and monitored for 21 days, until the incubation period is over.

Friedan also expressed his confidence that the disease will be contained in the United States.

“There is no doubt in my mind that we will stop it here,” he said.

Screen Shot 2014-09-30 at 5.40.56 PMAt this point, health officials do not believe the patient was in Liberia to work with Ebola patients, Friedan said.

Since July 27, 12 other Americans have been tested for the virus, according to the CDC.

Four medical volunteers harboring the virus were brought to the U.S. for treatment – but this is the first time a traveler has been affected. The latest was an American doctor volunteering in Sierra Leone, who was brought to the U.S. National Institutes of Health medical center in Bethesda, Maryland, on Sunday.

Screen Shot 2014-09-30 at 5.42.00 PMAt least 3,091 people have perished from Ebola since the outbreak began in West Africa six months ago. So far, no one has contracted the devastating disease in the United States.

Symptoms of Ebola include nausea, fever, muscle pain and bleeding.

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