Ebola now in the US, first case confirmed by CDC

The CDC has confirmed that a man in a Dallas hospital has Ebola, CBS News is reporting.

I’ve been able to find nothing posted by the CDC publicly.

Apparently the man had been in west Africa recently — Liberia, to be exact — where there’s been a rather large outbreak of Ebola. He’s been in strict isolation as soon as the hospital suspected Ebola.

According to the CDC press conference, the man left Liberia on the 19th of Septemnber. Arrived in the US on the 20th of September. Had no symptoms, but then around the 24th of September, began to develop symptoms. Sought care on the 26th. And then Sunday the 28th admitted to a hospital and placed in isolation.

He was admitted into isolation on Sunday.

The CDC director, Dr. Thomas Frieden, says that Ebola is not contagious until you have symptoms.

CNN says that while this is spread through bodily fluids, if you shook hands with this man between the 24th and the day he went to the hospital, you would have to be put into isolation for three weeks. Wow.

The good news is that he had no symptoms until long after he arrived in the US, so at least people on his flight are safe.

The Ebola virus, courtesy of Shutterstock

The Ebola virus, courtesy of Shutterstock

The hospital announced last night that it had a patient suspected of possibly having Ebola:

ARLINGTON, Texas — Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas has admitted a patient into strict isolation to be evaluated for potential Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), based on the patient’s symptoms and recent travel history.

The hospital is following all federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Texas Department of Heath recommendations to ensure the safety of patients, hospital staff, volunteers, physicians and visitors.

The CDC anticipates preliminary results tomorrow.

In the meantime, feel free to check our Ebola archives.


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6 Responses to “Ebola now in the US, first case confirmed by CDC”

  1. timncguy says:

    it’s not really accurate to refer to the man with ebola as “a Dallas man”. He is a man who traveled to Dallas to visit relatives and friends. But, he is not a Dallas resident.

  2. Thom Allen says:

    That would be a good thing for the conservative cretins to do (see Doug105’s link to CBS in DFW, below.) Instead, they’re making thousands of extremely racist remarks against Obama, Holder, the patient and Africans. Plus, they’re making wild predictions about Ebola, most of which show that they have no clue about the virus, symptoms, transmission, etc. Conspiracy theories abound. Ebola is also coming across the US-Mexican border from infected drug cartel members, ISIS is here, now spreading it, the US released it (by accident or in purpose, take your pick), Russia released it (not all of the conservatives love Putin anymore, apparently.) There are many threats of violence directed against the usual suspects.

    Not only are many of the comments hate-filled, idiotic and repulsive, the sheer number of them is staggering. They’re not just confined to the DFW-CBS site, I’ve seen them on lots of other sites, too. The occasional voice of reason trying to post immediately gets shouted down and disparaged (commie, socialist, libtard, n*gg*r, AIDS-infected faggot, etc.) I hope members of the SCOTUS shoo thing the US is post-racial are reading the comments. Hmmm, maybe they are and are in agreement.

  3. pricknick says:

    I’m going to the sandbox now to bury my head in ignorance and fear.

  4. BeccaM says:

    “No symptoms that he was aware of…” We’ll have to hope the gentleman actually was asymptomatic before the 24th.

    I can’t begin to tell you how many times I took long flights only to feel exhausted and dragged out for days afterwards, writing off the lethargy and blech-y feelings to jet lag.

  5. Dave of the Jungle says:

    Thanks Obama.
    Or, um, obviously an Islamo-Fascist plot.

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