By Shaun Gibson : @ShaunyNews
The first case of ebola has been diagnosed in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed. The patient is a man who became infected in Liberia and travelled to Texas, where he was hospitalised with symptoms confirmed to be caused by the deadly virus, a CDC spokesman has told the AFP news agency. He is not a healthcare worker, the spokesman added. The Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas said earlier on Tuesday that it had placed a person in strict isolation based on their “symptoms and recent travel history”. CDC Director Doctor Thomas Frieden told a press conference US hospitals are well prepared to handle patients with ebola, and assured the public the virus should not pose the same threat in the US as it does in Africa.
“I have no doubt that we will control this importation of this case of Ebola so that it does not spread widely in this country,” he said. Dr Frieden added he doesn’t believe there is a threat to passengers who were on the same flight to the US as the patient, who didn’t display any symptoms when he left Liberia or upon entering the US. He came to the Texas to visit family and arrived on September 20. The man sought treatment six days later and has been in hospital since the weekend.
Dr Frieden said this means he has potentially exposed a “handful” of family members and others to the virus. “It is certainly possible someone who had contact with this individual could develop Ebola in the coming weeks,” Dr Frieden said.
President Barack Obama has been briefed by the CDC about the situation.
Twelve other people in the US have been tested for ebola since July, with all of those tests coming back negative. A handful of US medical workers who were infected in West Africa have been flown back to the US for treatment and have recovered. The virus causes a range of symptoms including fever, muscle aches, vomitting, diarrhea and bleeding. The outbreak has infected 6,574 people across five countries and killed 3,091, according to the World Health Organisation.
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