Report: CDC Confirms First U.S. Diagnosed Case Of Ebola In Texas
The first diagnosed case of Ebola in the United States is that of a patient being treated at a Dallas, Texas, hospital, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Tuesday.
Several other Americans were diagnosed in West Africa and then brought to the United States for treatment.
The person who first tested positive for Ebola in the United States is a patient at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, hospital spokesman Stephen O’Brien said Tuesday.
The CDC is expected to provide more details on the case in a press conference at 5:30 p.m.
“An individual traveling from Liberia has been diagnosed with Ebola in the United States,” Thomas Frieden, director of the CDC, said in a conference call Tuesday afternoon.
That person left Liberia on Sept. 19th and arrived in the U.S. the following day. They had no symptoms when they arrived, but began developing symptoms last Friday, a week after leaving Liberia, according to The Washington Post.
In a statement, the Texas Department of Health Services said that the patient is at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. The patient is described as “an adult with a recent history of travel to West Africa” and was admitted into an isolation unit at the hospital Sunday after developing Ebola-like symptoms “days after returning to Texas from West Africa
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The issue is, will it start spreading, since it’s not a particularly contagious disease aside from coming into contact with the blood or body fluids of an animal or person who is infected. Even then, those fluids would have to reach a break in the skin or the mucous membranes found around your eyes, mouth and nose.
Caring for or burying a person who has the disease is also a way to get Ebola. Also, too, contaminated needles or surfaces, but it’s not contagious in how SARS is, for example.
If one has Ebola, there’s a 50% chance of death and it’s painful. There is no cure at this point. Symptoms may not appear for 21 days, which could be a factor in how one person can unknowingly spread it to others. There is no evidence that it spreads between people through the air.[su_csky_ad]