Only yesterday CDC Director Tom Frieden was telling reporters that he had no doubt the first U.S. ebola case would not spread…
Now, according to the director of Dallas County’s health department, health officials are closely monitoring a second potential Ebola patient “who had close contact with the first person” diagnosed in the U.S.
All who have been in close contact with the man diagnosed are being monitored as a precaution, Zachary Thompson, director of Dallas County Health and Human Services, said in a morning interview with WFAA-TV.
“Let me be real frank to the Dallas County residents: The fact that we have one confirmed case, there may be another case that is a close associate with this particular patient,” he said. “So this is real. There should be a concern, but it’s contained to the specific family members and close friends at this moment.”
The director continued to assure residents that the public isn’t at risk because health officials have the virus contained.
Timeline on the ebola patient:
The patient left Liberia on Sept. 19 and arrived in Dallas the following day. On Sept. 26, he sought treatment at the hospital after becoming ill but was sent home with a prescription for antibiotics. Two days later, he was admitted with more critical symptoms, after requiring an ambulance ride to the hospital.
Each of those children have been kept home from school and are under precautionary monitoring, Thompson said.
“We’ve been telling people to try to stay away from social gatherings,” Gaye said at a community meeting Tuesday. Large get-togethers are a prominent part of Liberian culture.
Knowing that the disease has an incubation period of 21 days, the Obama administration should have put travel restrictions on people traveling from West Africa. Obviously, a person feeling fine getting on and off the plane could be infected. Why was this not done as soon as it was clear that the disease was spreading quickly in effected countries?
Why on earth was a man from Liberia – the epicenter of the disease – allowed to get on a plane and come to the United States without any restrictions what-so-ever?
Via KGBT Action 4 News: LIVE VIDEO: Rick Perry Ebola Virus Press Conference: