*Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told reporters just recently, that the U. S. now has its first Ebola victim. In a press conference, he said that the person, who has yet to be identified, left Liberia on September 19 and arrived in the United States on September 20.
But here’s the thing: Unlike the other persons we heard about, such as the health care professionals who experienced Ebola symptoms while in-flight from Africa, and received medical care once they arrived here in the states, this person did not have symptoms while traveling from Africa. The person was diagnosed here, showing symptoms “four or five days later” according to Dr. Frieden. The person was hospitalized and isolated Sunday at a hospital in Texas, he said.
According to a CNN news report, the person who first tested positive for Ebola in the United States is a patient at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, as revealed Tuesday by hospital spokesman Stephen O’Brien.
The adult patient symptoms started days after returning to Texas from West Africa, and he was admitted into isolation on Sunday, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Upwards of 3,000 people in West Africa have died after being infected with Ebola, according to a World Health Organization report from last week. The same report stated that there had been 6,553 cases of the virus overall, though the number is suspected of being much higher given difficulties in tracking and reporting the disease.
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