The first case of Ebola in the United States outside of a controlled clinical setting was confirmed in Dallas, Texas on Tuesday.
CBS 6 local affiliate reports that a patient infected with the deadly virus was admitted to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas on Monday. The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta was so confident that the patient is infected with Ebola that a medical team was dispatched to Dallas.
The CDC released a statement Tuesday saying the patient has been placed in “strict isolation” at the hospital.
From CBS 6:
Health officials said given the information that the unnamed patient had been in the West Africa area where the Ebola virus exists and the type of symptoms they were exhibiting, testing was being performed.Monday night Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas released the following statement:“Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas has admitted a patient into strict isolation to be evaluated for potential Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) based on the patient’s symptoms and recent travel history. The hospital is following all Centers for Disease Control and Texas Department of Heath recommendations to ensure the safety of patients, hospital staff, volunteers, physicians and visitors. The CDC anticipates preliminary results tomorrow (Wednesday).”
The World Health Organization (WHO) predicts there will be 1 million cases of Ebola diagnosed in Liberia by January.