Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Ebola in Texas -UPDATED



The first case of Ebola has just arrived to the United States of America.  A man, Thomas Duncan who traveled to Liberia and also the Washington metropolitan area eventually ending up in Dallas, Texas was diagnosed with the deadly virus.  He was admitted to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital on Sunday and remains there in isolation.  He came in contact with five children and they are also under quarantine.

Hospital officials claim that he was not infectious when traveling and that no one should have contracted the disease.  However, hospitals throughout the nation are on alert and prepared to receive any possible infected patients.  Critics are stating that the hospital treating him did not follow CDC guidelines.  The patient went to the hospital feeling ill and was sent home with antibiotics.  This is a concern for all because he had the symptoms that allow the virus to spread via bodily fluids.

As expected, many Americans are concerned that Ebola has reached our part of the world and was not discovered at the airport or even at the hospital when Duncan first complained of feeling ill.


Source:

http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/texas-health-officials-monitoring-2nd-ebola-case-article-1.1959320

http://www.vox.com/2014/10/1/6881735/ebola-virus-US-liberian-patient-outbreak-dallas

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/10/01/ebola-case-stokes-concerns-for-liberians-in-texas/



UPDATE:  Oct 8, 2014

According to news reports, Thomas Duncan has died from Ebola.  There is also another possible case in the Texas area:

see: http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2014/10/08/frisco-patient-exhibiting-ebola-symptoms/

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/10/08/dallas-ebola-patient-dies/16786011/

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/ebola-virus-outbreak/texas-ebola-patient-thomas-eric-duncan-has-died-hospital-says-n221141

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