DALLAS (KRON and Wire Reports) – Federal health officials have confirmed that a patient being treated at a Dallas hospital has tested positive for Ebola.
The case announced Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control is the first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States.
Officials at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital say the unidentified patient is being kept in isolation. Presbyterian Hospital officials say they’re following CDC recommendations to keep doctors, staff and patients safe.
According to Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the adult patient was traveling from Liberia to the United States.
The person, whose identity was not released, left Liberia on September 19 and arrived in the United States on September 20, Frieden said. At that time, the person did not have symptoms. “But four or five days later” that person began to show symptoms, Frieden said.
The person was hospitalized and isolated Sunday at a hospital in Texas, he said.
The Ebola outbreak has been centered in the West African countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, though there have been concerns about international air travel and other factors — including the fact the symptoms might not appear until two to 21 days after one is infected — may contribute to its spread.
According to the CDC, Ebola causes viral hemorrhagic fever, which can affect multiple organ systems in the body and are often accompanied by bleeding. Early symptoms include sudden onset of fever, weakness, muscle pain, headaches and a sore throat, each of which can be easily mistaken early on for other ailments like malaria, typhoid fever, meningitis or even the plague.
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