The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Sunday the agency is searching Texas for a missing homeless man who was identified as a contact with the Dallas Ebola patient.
NBC News reports that a news conference was held Sunday in regards to the public’s concern over the Ebola case in Texas. CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said they were receiving roughly 800 phone calls a day about Ebola — a sharp increase from about 50 a day. Frieden also told reporters in a briefing that “as far as we understand” experimental medicine is not being used on Duncan. However, the experimental treatments have been used to help a number of other American Ebola patients brought back to the U.S. for treatment.
At the same news conference, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said authorities were looking for a “low-risk individual” identified as someone who may have been exposed to the deadly virus. He said authorities were “working to locate the individual and get him to a comfortable, compassionate place where we can monitor him and care for his every need for the full incubation period.” Jenkins noted that the “person has not committed a crime.” The individual was last monitored on Saturday, Frieden said, then went “missing.”
The missing man is apparently homeless, according to the New York Post. The person is not considered to be one of the 10 people who definitely had contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, who is in critical condition at a Dallas hospital. The man is part of a larger group of 38 people who may have been around Duncan when he was showing symptoms of the disease, officials said.
More information will be posted as it becomes available.