A spokesman for the federal Center for Disease Control (CDC) announced that in the United States was diagnosed the first case of a patient who contracted Ebola virus in Africa. The patient, a man who traveled to Liberia, is currently admitted to a hospital in Dallas, Texas (south).
Tom Frieden, CDC director, said in a press conference that federal health authorities are confident that they can prevent the spread of the Ebola virus in the United States.
“I think this is the first case diagnosed outside Africa. I have no doubt that we will control the import of Ebola case to prevent its spread widely in the country,” said CDC director.
Hospital representatives “Health Presbyterian” in Texas announced in a press release admitting men, without giving details about his identity and the context in which has been sick.
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The patient had come to United States to visit relatives and sought a physician six days after arrival in Texas. Although there are conducted researches at present to all passengers of air flight, the risk that to be ill is minimal, according to the American health authorities. The same can not be said about the close circle of the patient. People infected with Ebola does not transmitting virus until symptoms of illness. The virus is transmitted by direct contact with body fluids. Patient’s family and relatives in Dallas are in the process of identification and will be placed under observation. It is the first case of infection with Ebola diagnosed outside the African continent. Until now, even if sick people reach Europe or the USA, they were brought for treatment after diagnosis in Africa.
“Given the symptoms and recent travel performed (the patient) was admitted to hospital and placed in quarantine to determine if it has been infected with Ebola virus,” reads the release of hospital.
On Sunday, an American doctor who contracted Ebola virus in Sierra Leone was repatriated and quarantined in a clinic American Institute of Health (NIH), near Washington. The patient, whose identity was not disclosed, was working as a volunteer in a center for the treatment of Ebola in Sierra Leone.