For the first time, a patient has been diagnosed with Ebola in the United States. Although patients have been treated in the U.S. before, they had been diagnosed outside of the country and brought to America for treatment. But a Dallas hospital announced today that one patient, who had been traveling abroad, was confirmed with the disease while residing in the country.
The patient was traveling from Liberia and arrived in the U.S. on September 20. Travelers are screened prior to boarding flights out of Liberia, but the individual didn’t show any symptoms and was allowed to board. Once in the United States, the patient began to develop symptoms on September 24 and sought medical treatment on September 26.
While speaking about the possibility of an outbreak in the U.S., Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the CDC, cautioned that he had “no doubt that we’ll stop this [disease] in its tracks in the U.S.” Right now, health officials are reaching out to anyone who came in contact with the patient, which is thought to be just a few family and community members, so that those individuals can be monitored for symptoms.
Individuals on the airplane with the patient have been told that they have no risk for contracting the disease, since Ebola only spreads when the carrier is showing symptoms. Fortunately, Ebola is easily contained with good hygiene measures like hand washing.
The patient is currently in critical condition and though the CDC hasn’t released any specific details about the patient, they did say that they are discussing experimental therapy treatments with the patient’s family.
Via Huffington Post