First case of Ebola diagnosed in US
A patient was diagnosed with Ebola in the United States for the first time, CNBC reported, citing the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Until Tuesday, Ebola patients had only been treated in the U.S. after being diagnosed elsewhere.
The AP confirmed the news.
According to WFAA.com, the patient was being treated at a Dallas hospital.
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas announced on Monday that one its patients was being tested for Ebola. The patient was kept in isolation and CDC officials headed to Dallas to meet with doctors there.
Texas health officials told KDFW that the chances of an outbreak in the Dallas area are very low.
The CDC gave more details about the case in a Tuesday press conference.
Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the CDC, reported that the infected patient was traveling from Liberia and left on September 19th, arrived in the U.S. on September 20th, but had no symptoms of the disease during that timeframe. On September 24th, the patient developed symptoms, and then sought care on September 26th. On September 28th, the patient was admitted to the hospital in Dallas. Frieden stated that he had “no doubt that we’ll stop this in its tracks in the U.S.”