The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed a case of Ebola at Texas Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. The patient was diagnosed on September 26 with the virus that has killed thousands in three West African nations over the past several months. The patient arrived in the US on September 19 from Liberia and began developing symptoms on the 24th. The patient has been placed in isolation while health professionals identify those who have been in contact with the patient for the past few days. One person who has been in contact with the patient is being closely monitored by health officials in Texas. While all those who have had contact with the patient are being monitored, one person in particular has had close interaction with the patient and could potentially be a second patient.
Hospitals in the US have been preparing for incidences of the deadly disease. Due to the scope of the epidemic in West Africa, experts expected some cases to present themselves in the US. Special isolation facilities in Atlanta, Nebraska, and Maryland are currently treating Americans who have been infected with the disease and brought back to the US for treatment. Though only four of these special isolation facilities exist in the US, the CDC is certain that any hospital in the US is capable of effectively isolating Ebola cases.
The bottom line here is that I have no doubt that we will control this importation or this case of Ebola so that it does not spread widely throughout this country. There’s no doubt in my mind, we will stop it here,” said Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the CDC.
Potential for the disease spreading rapidly within the US, like it has done in West Africa, is incredibly small. The disease is only transmitted through contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person displaying symptoms of the disease. Well-established health facilities and sanitation practices should be enough to keep the disease contained. Despite the deadliness of the disease, other patients treated in American facilities have been improving.
While the risk of infection and transmission here in the US is small, the disease continues to ravage communities in West Africa. The longer the epidemic rages on the more likely it is that the virus will mutate and become even more dangerous. Professionals in several fields and from numerous nations are working to contain the disease and end the epidemic.
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