CDC (the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has just announced the first case of Ebola in the US. The male subject started showing Ebola symptoms on September 24. The patient had just returned from a trip to Liberia four days prior to the experiencing the symptoms. Sources say that the patient has been isolated and is under special treatment in a hospital in Dallas. The hospital has announced that their Emergency Operations Center is activated on Level 2, which means High Readiness.
Doctor Tom Frieden who is in charge of the first case of Ebola in the US is hopeful and says that they will stop the virus from spreading to other patients. He said that the exposure was limited to the patient’s family members and some members of their community like friends and neighbors. The CDC officials are currently investigating any possible people the Ebola patient may have had contact with, but they said it’s not a real threat at the moment.
Dr. Freided said that the patient was in the US visiting family members but he did not confirm if the Ebola patient is an American citizen or not. Some believe that the man was living and working in Liberia.
The Ebola virus has a fatality rate of 50% and is not contagious until serious symptoms like hemorrhagic fever appear. Frieden said that, “it is certainly possible that someone who had contact with this individual could develop Ebola within the coming weeks.”
The first case of Ebola in the US is under strict observation by a team of epidemiologists and CDC experts that are on their way to Dallas, Texas.
All the people who may have come in contact with the Ebola patient are being monitored by the health agency. They are looking for people who may have come in contact with the patient for 21 days after the patient was exposed to the virus. These suspected Ebola carriers are monitored to see if they will develop any symptoms like fever. If this happens the CDC will isolate the patients, treat them and make sure the virus will not spread, creating an epidemic.