CDC Confirms First Ebola Case Diagnosed In U.S., Patient’s Family Likely Exposed To Virus

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Tuesday that a patient at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas has tested positive for Ebola. CNN states that this is the first confirmed case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S.

Ebola patient at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas

ABC News reports that although there have been other Ebola patients treated in the U.S. after being diagnosed abroad, the patient in Dallas contracted the virus in West Africa but was not diagnosed until days after he returned to the United States.

“The adult patient developed symptoms days after returning to Texas from West Africa, and was admitted into isolation on Sunday, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.”

During the CDC’s press conference on Tuesday, doctors stated that the Texas Ebola patient “became ill last Wednesday” and finally sought medical attention on Friday. The patient was hospitalized Sunday.

CDC director Tom Friedman states that he has “no doubt” the the spread of Ebola will be stopped “in its tracks” in the U.S., but he went on to say that he is aware that there are “several family members” of the person who is hospitalized in Texas who could have been exposed to Ebola.

Two weeks ago, a U.S. air marshal was attacked in Nigeria with a syringe that may have contained the Ebola virus. The Inquisitr reported that the marshal was transported to Houston, TX and quarantined. According to the CDC, two weeks is the approximate time that it takes for symptoms to appear once a person is infected with the Ebola. However, there are no reports that link the Houston case to today’s report from the CDC. CNN is reporting that the infected patient in Dallas contracted the virus in West Africa, not Nigeria.

The CDC states that the patient in Dallas is currently in quarantine at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital and has been in isolation since Sept. 28.

Are you worried about the Ebola virus spreading throughout the United States after today’s announcement from the CDC?