The latest details concerning the first American Ebola case show that the patient came in contact with at least 80 people. The Texas health officials first made public a smaller number of people, saying that only 18 people made contact with the Dallas Ebola patient. The patient’s family members, who are most likely to have caught the Ebola virus have been asked to stay at home, to prevent from infecting others. They haven’t shown any symptoms so far but the Ebola symptoms show only after a few days. The family members of the first American Ebola case have been asked to stay at home until October 19 and to not accept any visitors without the approval of the officials.
The first case of Ebola in the US is a man named Thomas Eric Duncan who is thought to have contracted the Ebola virus from a trip to Liberia.
Dr. David Lackey, a Texas health commissioner said that they are doing their best to prevent the disease from further spreading. Keeping the family under surveillance will allow them to monitor and see if any of them will show symptoms of Ebola.
The first American Ebola case was at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital on Sunday and released a few days earlier because they didn’t know he had the virus.
The first American Ebola case has caused a serious concern and officials are worrying that the virus might spread, causing an epidemic. In the west part of Africa there have been 3,338 victims of the Ebola virus so far, making it the worst outbreak ever.
Erikka Neroes, a spokeswoman for the Dallas County and Human Services said that “This situation is constantly evolving. No one is symptomatic and we are doing everything within our power and our procedures to maintain this.”
Texas law says that the health department has the power to put in quarantine and isolate anyone who is a suspect of carrying a dangerous virus or disease. If there are people who refuse to follow the orders, the health officials have the right to put them under arrest.
What are your thoughts on the first American Ebola case? Do you think there’s a real danger of an epidemic?