American President Barack Obama confidently said there would never be an Ebola outbreak in the United States. He might be proven wrong. Another possible case of Ebola has been reported in Dallas — one day after America's first case of Ebola infection (outside of a controlled clinical setting) was confirmed by health officials.
An unidentified man from Liberia was admitted to Presbyterian hospital in Dallas on Sept. 28. The man initially went to the ER on Sept. 24 with a fever and flu symptoms, but the ER staff discharged him home without quarantining him.
From USA Today:
Health officials are closely monitoring a possible second Ebola patient who had close contact with the first person to be diagnosed in the U.S., the director of Dallas County’s health department said Wednesday.All who have been in close contact with the man diagnosed are being monitored as a precaution, said Zachary Thompson, director of Dallas County Health and Human Services.
Dr. Tom Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, is monitoring both cases of Ebola closely. Frieden assures the public that Ebola is a difficult disease to contract.
In order to transmit Ebola a patient must be symptomatic, meaning he or she will show signs and symptoms of Ebola such as red eyes, fever, cough, diarrhea, vomiting, or bleeding from the nose, eyes or mouth.
“It’s only someone who’s sick with Ebola who can spread the disease,” said Frieden.
Even then, transmission is rare unless there is direct contact with the patient’s body fluids.
Good hand washing technique is very effective in stopping the spread of infectious disease such as Ebola. At this time Ebola is not airborne. So you won’t catch Ebola if someone is coughing.