CDC Confirms Patient at Dallas Hospital has Ebola Virus
DALLAS--The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed the first case of Ebola in the United States, at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.
"An individual traveling from Liberia has been diagnosed with Ebola in the United States," Thomas Frieden, director of the CDC, said in a conference call Tuesday afternoon.
Frieden said the person left Liberia on Sept. 19 and arrived stateside the following day. They had no symptoms upon arrival, but began showing signs of the disease several days later.
"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 in this country," Frieden said. "It is certainly possible that someone who had contact with this individual could develop Ebola in the coming weeks. But there is no doubt in my mind that we will stop it here."
Frieden went on to say health officials are working to identify people who may have been exposed to the patient. They will then be monitored for three weeks to see if any symptoms emerge.
Dallas County health officials this morning told Dallas County commissioners that the threat of a North Texas outbreak are minimal and that the public health infrastructure here is far better equipped to handle the disease than the system in West Africa.
The CDC is expected to dispatch a team to take charge of the Dallas case.