Texas officials have announced nearly 100 people may have been in contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, the Dallas man diagnosed with Ebola.
Initially, Erikka Neros, a spokeswoman for the Dallas County Health and Human Services department, said the amount of individuals who was in contact with Duncan stood at 80 because of the 12-18 people, who had been exposed directly to the patient having contact with others. However, a few hours later a spokeswoman with the Texas Department of State Health Services said officials are now “working from a list of about 100 potential or possible contacts.”
In a statement Carrie Williams said, “Out of an abundance of caution, we’re starting with this very wide net, including people who have had even brief encounters with the patient or the patient’s home. The number will drop as we focus in on those whose contact may represent a potential risk of infection.
All individuals who possibly had secondary contact are being observed by health officials and have been giving information about symptoms linked to Ebola. Individuals were instructed to check their temperatures daily and report any change in health.
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas has admitted to a flaw in its electronic health system as the reason why Duncan was originally sent home.
In addition, there has been another American confirmed with Ebola as well as a patient being treated with Ebola-like symptoms at Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C. ABC reported a freelance cameraman for NBC News covering the outbreak in Liberia has contracted the virus. He will be transported back to the U.S. to receive treatment. As for the patient at Howard University Hospital, NBC is reporting the individual has been admitted to the hospital in stable condition, and is being isolated.