Officials with the Centers for Disease Control have confirmed that Ebola is now in the U.S., with the first case showing up in Dallas, Texas.
CDC officials have confirmed that a patient at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital has tested positive for Ebola, and may have infected multiple others.
CDC Director Thomas Frieden said in a press conference today, “We received in our laboratory today specimens from the individual, tested them and they tested positive for Ebola. The State of Texas also operates a laboratory that found the same results.”
Patient may have infected many…
The patient was allowed entrance into the country on September 20, even though he was traveling from Liberia – one of the hardest hit areas in Africa. The patient, who was in the U.S. visiting family in Texas, initially went to the Emergency Room on September 26, but was sent home and was not admitted until two days later.
This comes on the heels of the CDC warning hospitals throughout the country to prepare for Ebola, as well as a nationwide outbreak of EV-D68. Earlier this month the CDC issued a six-page Ebola “checklist” to help healthcare workers quickly diagnose patients who may be infected.
Yesterday the CDC issued a three-page list of recommendations to funeral homes instructing them how to deal with the remains since Ebola can be transmitted in postmortem care. It also instructs to avoid autopsies and embalming.