On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have confirmed a patient in a Dallas hospital is being treated for Ebola.
The patient, who is currently at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, is the first person to be diagnosed with the virus in the United States. The man arrived from Liberia on Sept. 20. Though he sought treatment six days later after falling ill, he was sent home with antibiotics. On Sept. 28th, he was admitted for critical symptoms and is currently being treated, as stated by WFAA8, an ABC affiliate.
Zachary Thompson, the director of Dallas County Health and Human Services, has announced the individuals the patient was in close contact with are being monitored by the CDC as a precaution. Also, the fire-rescue crew that transported the patient is under quarantine.
In an interview with the news station Thompson said, “Let me be real frank to the Dallas County residents, the fact that we have one confirmed case, there may be another case that is a close associate with this particular patient… So this is real. There should be a concern, but it’s contained to the specific family members and close friends at this moment.”
Though the patient travelled by a commercial airline, Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, doesn’t believe he would have been at a stage of the virus where he could infect others. The patient was checked before boarding the plane.
Here is a brief timeline of the patient’s infection, as stated by Frieden:
- September 19: The adult patient boards a flight to the U.S. in Liberia after being screened for Ebola symptoms
- September 20: The patient arrives in the United States
- September 24: Patient shows first symptoms of Ebola
- September 26: Patient seeks initial medical care
- September 28: Patient admitted to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas