US Confirms First Ebola Virus Case

The spread of the deadly Ebola disease has gone beyond the shores of West Africa as the first case of the virus diagnosed on US soil has been confirmed in Dallas, Texas.

This latest development was revealed by officials at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who said the unidentified patient is currently being kept in isolation.

The American Ebola virus victim is believed to have gotten infected with the virus in Liberia before travelling to the US about two weeks ago.

Over 3,000 people have been reported dead following the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease in West Africa, while two US aid workers have recovered after being flown to the US.

The director, US Centre for Disease Control, CDC, Thomas Frieden told newsmen that the patient left Liberia on September 19 and arrived in the US the next day to visit relatives, without showing any symptoms of the deadly virus.

The director noted that the symptoms of the virus became evident on 24 September, and on 28 September he was admitted to a Texas hospital, adding that the hospital had procedures in place to deal with any such potential cases.

Preliminary information has, however, indicated that the patient whose identity is yet to be disclosed was not involved in treating Ebola-infected patients while in Liberia.

US health officials are seriously working to identify all people who came into contact with the patient before he was taken into isolation.






     

     

    Frieden stressed the possibility of a family member who came in direct contact with the patient developing the Ebola disease in the coming weeks.

    He, however, assured that the virus would be prevented from spreading and that there would be no outbreak of the Ebola disease in America.

    “I have no doubt that we will control this importation, this case of Ebola, so it does not spread widely in this country. We will stop it here,” he added.

    The World Health Organization (WHO) had said more than 3,000 people have died of the virus so far, mostly in Liberia.

     

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