It’s confirmed, the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the country, is right here in Dallas. On Tuesday, the CDC announced a patient had been diagnosed with the deadly virus after arriving in North Texas from Liberia. That man is now being kept in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. His identity has not been released.
Meanwhile, local hospital officials say they are trained and prepared to handle patients with Ebola and that they have followed all CDC and state guidelines to protect the safety of patients, visitors and staff.
Experts from the CDC are now in Dallas. The team of epidemiologists is expected to go door-to-door in the neighborhood where the patient was staying before being quarantined at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. We’re told, they're looking for anyone who has had close contact with him.
The head of the Dallas County Department of Health and Human Services, Zach Thompson, is hoping to calm fears about the Ebola case. Thompson told reporters the risk of getting it, is quite low. He said, out of nearly 2.5 million people in Dallas County, it’s estimated only a dozen to 18 people may have come into contact with the infected patient. That number includes the paramedics who carried the patient to the hospital by ambulance. The ambulance he road in, is no longer in service. Health officials do not believe those who were on the plane with him from Liberia to the United States are at risk of infection, because they say, he wasn’t showing symptoms then. To see what the symptoms for Ebola are and to get information about the virus, click here: http://www.dallascounty.org/hhs/.
~ Starlene Stringer & Metro News
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