CDC: First Case of Ebola Diagnosed in United States, Patient in Dallas, Texas, Is Not a Health Worker


Today it was reported by CNN, and other media outlets, of a man who recently returned from Liberia, and now located in Dallas, Texas, at Texas Health Presbyterian church, has had a positive Ebola test result. The man is currently in isolation in ICU, he took a flight into the U.S., but did not have any symptoms until four days after arrival in Texas. CNN’s Dr. Sanja Gupta reported that the likelihood of it spreading in the U.S. is currently slight, and Tom Frieden director of the CDC said there was zero risk of transmission on the flight . It is not yet known if this man passed Ebola to anyone else in his friend, and family circles, the presumption is that he has not until proven otherwise. The patient is also reported to not be health worker, so just a regular person like you and me.

In West Africa the death toll numbers have reached 3000+, though there have been some signs of improvement with some areas reporting no new cases, this is likely contributed to lock-downs, educating the public of how Ebola is spread, increased health service response to help to quell the spread.

– Cynthia Kelly

More about the patient from reports:

“The Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital was treating a patient who was visiting the US from Liberia in isolation. The man left Liberia on September 19, according to the CDC, and arrived in the US on September 20. He had no symptoms when he was departing or entering Nigeria, which means he wouldn’t have been infectious at the time.

Around September 24, he starting to develop symptoms, and around September 26, sought care. On Sunday, September 28, he was admitted to the hospital in Texas and placed in isolation. On September 30, the CDC confirmed that this person has Ebola.”Vox

What We Know

1. The male patient is at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Texas.

2. He contracted Ebola in Liberia, though it is unclear exactly how.

3. He is currently in intensive care.

4. He left Liberia on September 19, arrived in the US on September 20, and first developed symptoms on September 24. Ebola cannot be spread when someone is asymptomatic.

5. He first sought care on September 26 and was admitted to the hospital on September 28.

6. He was in Dallas to visit family.

7. There are currently no other suspected cases. Additional cases are possible, though the CDC is confident that “it will not spread widely in this country.”

8. The CDC and local health officials are tracking down all of the patients’ contacts, which they classify as only “a handful,” and monitoring them for symptoms.

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Read my previous post about West Africa Outbreak Statistics:

  1. July 10, 2014, 635+ Deaths From Ebola
  2. August 4, 2014, 932 Deaths From Ebola
  3. August 22, 2014, 1350 Deaths From Ebola
  4. August 31, 2014, 1850 Deaths From Ebola
  5. September 14, 2914,  2630 Deaths From Ebola
  6. September 29, 2014, 3091 Deaths From Ebola

“A man thought to have contracted the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia before travelling to the US has been transfered to an isolation unit at a Texas hospital.

The patient arrived in the country without displaying any symptoms but later became ill.

He is the first person to have been diagnosed with the virus on US soil.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Director, Dr. Thomas Frieden issued a statement of reassurance to the American public:

“I have no doubt that we will control this importation, …” – Euro News

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