Tuesday, September 30, 2014

First Case Of Ebola Diagnosed In the United States Confirmed At Texas Hospital

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials have confirmed the first case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the United States. Just this morning, Zachary Thompson, the director of the Dallas County Health and Human Services, had said that the Dallas County was ready for Ebola while talking about the patient who was admitted yesterday on suspicion of the virus.

"This is not Africa. We have a great infrastructure to deal with an outbreak."

Yesterday, news broke that an unidentified patient who had recently returned from the West Africa area was being isolated on suspicion of the deadly virus at a Dallas, Texas hospital.

The tests for Ebola were called for based on the patient's symptoms and travel history, and the results have come back positive.

The patient is said to have been infected in Liberia but didn’t display any symptoms until he returned to Dallas, Texas.

The patient was admitted at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas which has now sent out a press release which reads..

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital had admitted a patient Monday into strict isolation “based on the patient’s symptoms and recent travel history,”

“The hospital is following all Centers for Disease Control and Texas Department of Heath recommendations to ensure the safety of patients, hospital staff, volunteers, physicians and visitors.”

For those of my readers who live in Dallas, do NOT be alarmed. The CDC has this to say.

Local public health officials have begun identifying close contacts of the person for further daily monitoring for 21 days after exposure.

The ill person did not exhibit symptoms of Ebola during the flights from West Africa and CDC does not recommend that people on the same commercial airline flights undergo monitoring, as Ebola is only contagious if the person is experiencing active symptoms. The person reported developing symptoms several days after the return flight.

CDC recognizes that even a single case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States raises concerns. Knowing the possibility exists, medical and public health professionals across the country have been preparing to respond. CDC and public health officials in Texas are taking precautions to identify people who have had close personal contact with the ill person and health care professionals have been reminded to use meticulous infection control at all times.

We know how to stop Ebola’s further spread: thorough case finding, isolation of ill people, contacting people exposed to the ill person, and further isolation of contacts if they develop symptoms.

Read more - CDC.GOV






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