A patient with the first case of Ebola diagnosed inside the United States is now in isolation at a hospital in Dallas and health officials are trying to keep the public calm as they track down anyone else who may have been exposed.
The man who contracted the Ebola virus flew from Liberia to the United States, last month, but federal health officials say the people on his flight are not at risk.
Director for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,Thomas Frieden said, “Ebola doesn’t spread before someone gets sick. And he didn’t get sick until four days after he got off the airplane, so we do not believe there is any risk to anyone who was on the flight at that time.”
The CDC downplayed any threat of transmission.
Dr. Amesh Adalja, Senior Associate, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center said “Ebola is not a very contagious disease. It is very deadly and very scary, but it’s not contagious. It really only spreads through blood and body fluid and only when you’re symptomatic.”
With that said, the ambulance patient rode has been cordoned off; its crew has been isolated. This, even though officials say they did take proper precautions and adequately decontaminated the ambulance.
The patient has been isolated at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, as the CDC checks to see if he might have infected anyone when he was showing symptoms.
CDC Director says, once those contacts are all identified, they are all monitored for 21 days after exposure to see if they develop fever.
If they do exhibit symptoms, the CDC will investigate whether they might have infected anyone as well.
CNN reports, there’s about half a dozen experts from the CDC that traveled from Atlanta to Texas. Their main goal will be to track down the individuals that came in to contact with this infected person before that individual was actually placed in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.