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First Ebola case diagnosed on American soil

The late Thomas Eric Duncan
The late Thomas Eric Duncan

 The report was confirmed recently in Dallas, Texas.

The BBC quotes Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital officials as saying the unidentified patient is being kept in isolation.
The man is thought to have contracted the virus in Liberia before travelling to the United States (U.S.) nearly two weeksago, U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) Director, Thomas Frieden, told reporters Tuesday, October 1, 2014.

More than 3,000 people have already died of Ebola in West Africa and a small number of U.S. aid workers have recovered after being flown to the U.S.

The BBC also quotes the CDC as saying the Ebola Virus seems to have been contained in Nigeria and Senegal.

No new cases have been reported in both countries for almost a month now.

According to Mr. Frieden, the unidentified patient left Liberia September 19 and arrived in the U.S. the next day.

The man had gone to the U.S. to visit relatives without displaying any symptoms of the virus.

The virus’ symptoms became apparent September 24 and he was admitted September 28 to a Texas hospital and put in isolation.
The disease, not contagious until symptoms appear, is spread via close contact with bodily fluids.

Ebola infected aid workers in West Africa have returned to the U.S. for treatment, but this is the first case of a patient developing the virus on U.S. soil Mr. Frieden told the BBC.

Another hospital official told reporters Tuesday that the facility already had procedures in place to deal with any such potential cases.

Preliminary information indicates that the unnamed patient, described as critically ill, was not involved in treating Ebola-infected patients in Liberia.

Health officials are working to identify all people who came in contact with the unnamed patient after he became infected.
Those people will then be monitored for 21 days to see if an Ebola-related fever develops, the CDC official added.


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