Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention held a press conference to confirmed the first case of Ebola diagnosed within the United States of an unnamed man at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, TX.
CDC Director’s Dr. Thomas Frieden said, “An individual traveling from Liberia has been diagnosed with Ebola in the United States. This individual left Liberia on the 19th of September, arrived in the U.S. on the 20th of September, had no symptoms when departing Liberia or entering this country but four or five days later, around the 24th of September, began to develop symptoms. On the 26th of September, initially sought care and Sunday the 28th of September was admitted to a hospital in Texas and placed on isolation. We received in our laboratory today specimens from the individual, tested them and they tested positive for Ebola.”
Frieden said the Texas Department of State Health Services is working with the CDC to identify all people who had contact with the individual but he added a patient must have symptoms to be contagious so he said it is unlikely to spread widely in the U.S.
“At this point there is zero risk of transmission on the fight he was on.” he added.
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