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Confirmed Ebola case in Texas, 1st in US, possibly a 2nd

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Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas officials reported in a statement on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, an unnamed patient was being tested for the Ebola virus and had been placed in “strict isolation” due to the patient’s symptoms and recent travel history.

Nearly 3,100 people have died from Ebola since first identified in Guinea six months ago. Last week, the CDC warned that between 550,000 and 1.4 million people in West Africa could be infected with Ebola by January 2015.

“Let me be real frank to the Dallas County residents: The fact that we have one confirmed case, there may be another case that is a close associate with this particular patient,” Zachary Thompson, director of Dallas County Health and Human Services tells media. “So this is real. There should be a concern, but it’s contained to the specific family members and close friends at this moment.”

The patient left Liberia on Sept. 19 and arrived in Dallas on Sept. 20. He sought treatment on Sept. 26 at the hospital, but was sent home with an antibiotics prescription. He was admitted two days later because he fell extremely ill. It’s reported the Ebola patient has come into contact with children. Those children have been kept home and are not attending school.

Ebola symptoms can appear as long as 21 days after exposure to the virus. It is contagious when symptoms begin and is spread via bodily fluids.

Here are the symptoms:

1. Fever
2. Muscle pain
3. Vomiting
4. Bleeding
5. Rash
6. Intense weakness
7. Severe headache
8. Diarrhea



3 Comments

  1. butterbeanbabe on October 2, 2014 at 4:26 am

    what i dont understand is why and how did this man get over here from liberia and if he was let through that mean others are at home sick as a dog and scared to come to the hospital for fear of deportation ,, these africans are desperate not to return home , most of them paying around $6000 a month to stay in this country . driving cabs some 35 hours at a time to pay for their visa stay .. its sad they are saying that the man was a cab driver that has the illness DONT know if that is true or not . but i will not be in a cab no time soon if i was in dallas i would be packing to move

  2. butterbeanbabe on October 2, 2014 at 4:27 am

    keep in mind he was not the only liberian here and not the only one traveled her they come here daily so who is to say there are not others hiding out .. they face deportation also ., and fear from their other country men over here. that is a serious worry for them

  3. Likewaterforchoc on October 3, 2014 at 11:34 am

    This article is incorrect. He has come in contact with the children in his apartment and their mother actually allowed one to attend school despite officials telling them that no one should leave their apartment. This man lied to officials in order to come over here stating that he had not been exposed to the virus and is being charged in Liberia.