Currently, in the U.S. there are two active cases, they nurses one is Nina Pham, and the other Amber Vinson, they both had helped treat Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, who died October 8, 2014. Nina Pham and Amber Vinson, are victims of a breach in protocol at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, located in Dallas, Texas. Amber Vinson has been moved to Emory Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, because they are prepared to care for Ebola patients. It is unknown why Nina Pham has not been moved there as well. Thomas Eric Duncan, also suffered because of lack of proper protocol for caring for Ebola patients. Now, the CDC, WHO, and Obama administration are working on a set of uniform protocols for officials, and medical workers in regards to Ebola. Today, on Capital Hill in Washington, D.C. there was a hearing held, which Cspan broadcast.
– Cynthia K.
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Info from CDC:
CDC confirmed on September 30, 2014, the first laboratory-confirmed case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the United States in a person who had traveled to Dallas, Texas from West Africa. The patient did not have symptoms when leaving West Africa, but developed symptoms approximately four days after arriving in the United States.
The person sought medical care at Texas Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas after developing symptoms consistent with Ebola. Based on the person’s travel history and symptoms, CDC recommended testing for Ebola. The medical facility isolated the patient and sent specimens for testing at CDC and at a Texas laboratory. Local public health officials have identified all close contacts of the person for further daily monitoring for 21 days after exposure. He died of Ebola on October 8 and was cremated.
On October 10, a healthcare worker at Texas Presbyterian Hospital who provided care for the index patient reported a low-grade fever and was referred for testing. The healthcare worker has tested positive for Ebola according to preliminary tests by the Texas Department of State Health Services’ laboratory. The healthcare worker was isolated after the initial report of a fever. CDC confirms that the healthcare worker is positive for Ebola.
CDC recognizes that any case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States raises concerns, and any death is too many. 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 had close personal contact with the patient and health care professionals have been reminded to use meticulous infection control at all times.
Confirmed Cases: 3
Possible Contacts**: 107
*Contacts – Definite exposure
**Possible Contacts – Possible exposure
Note: The number of possible contacts increased significantly Oct. 14 to account for a group of healthcare workers who were previously self-monitoring and are now being actively monitored following a healthcare worker’s Ebola diagnosis over the weekend. Another case was diagnosed Oct. 15, which also impacted the numbers.
Contacts are defined as people who had definite exposure to an Ebola patient.
Updates: Numbers are accurate as of 5 p.m. the previous day and are updated at approximately noon each day. Public health officials attempt to reach all contacts/possible contacts every day to check for fever and other symptoms. Daily follow-up with contacts/possible contacts will continue for 21 days from the date of each person’s exposure.
October 12, 2014
- CDC did not recommend that people on the same flights as the index patient undergo monitoring because the index patient did not exhibit symptoms of Ebola during the flights from West Africa. Ebola is only contagious if the person is experiencing active symptoms.
- A healthcare worker at Texas Presbyterian Hospital who provided care for the index patient has tested positive for Ebola according to preliminary tests by the Texas Department of State Health Services’ laboratory. The healthcare worker was isolated after the initial report of a fever and remains so now.
- The hospital and healthcare worker were notified of the preliminary positive result. In addition, CDC has interviewed the healthcare worker to identify any contacts or potential exposures in the community.
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- Media Statement: Texas Reports Positive Test for Ebola in a Healthcare Worker
- Enhanced Ebola Screening to Start at Five U.S. Airports and New Tracking Program for all People Entering U.S. from Ebola-affected Countries
- CDC Team Assisting Ebola Response in Dallas, Texas
- CDC and Texas Health Department Confirm First Ebola Case Diagnosed in the U.S.
- CDC Director Blog