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CDC Confirms Patient In Dallas Has The Ebola Virus

Postby medicmike » Tue Sep 30, 2014 5:42 pm

http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2014/09/30/cdc- ... ola-virus/

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Officials with the Centers for Disease Control have confirmed that a person in Dallas definitely has the Ebola virus. Tuesday’s official determination makes the patient at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas the first diagnosed Ebola case in the United States.
Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Texas Department of State Health Services, Presbyterian Hospital and Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) all participated in an afternoon press conference. CDC Director Thomas Frieden related the information that the individual who tested positive had traveled to Liberia. The person left Liberia on September 19 and arrived in the United States on September 20 with no virus symptoms. Frieden said it was four or five days later that the patient, who is believed to be male, began developing symptoms and was ultimately admitted to Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas on Sunday, September 28.
“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,” Frieden said. After the confirmation statement Frieden went on to stress that the testing for Ebola is very accurate, saying that it’s a PCR test of blood.
As far as the medical condition of the infected patient, Frieden did say that he “is critically ill at this point.”
Doctors said the patient will remain in North Texas and be treated at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Dr. Frieden expained why that decision was made saying that almost every hospital in the U.S. that has isolation facilities, can do isolation for Ebola. “So we don’t see a need, from either a medical or a infection control standpoint, to try and move the patient,” he said.


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Re: CDC Confirms Patient In Dallas Has The Ebola Virus

Postby Oldfart » Wed Oct 01, 2014 7:14 am

About 6 hrs drive away from me and my family, I'm not happy
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Re: CDC Confirms Patient In Dallas Has The Ebola Virus

Postby fastback65 » Wed Oct 01, 2014 12:19 pm

But the President said it couldn't happen. I'm confused. :?
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Re: CDC Confirms Patient In Dallas Has The Ebola Virus

Postby fastback65 » Wed Oct 01, 2014 12:42 pm

Officials: Second person being monitored for Ebola
DALLAS — 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 officially diagnosed are being monitored as a precaution, Zachary Thompson, director of Dallas County Health and Human Services, said in a morning interview with WFAA-TV, Dallas-Fort Worth.

"Let me be real frank to the Dallas County residents: The fact that we have one confirmed case, there may be another case that is a close associate with this particular patient," he said. "So this is real. There should be a concern, but it's contained to the specific family members and close friends at this moment."

The director continued to assure residents that the public isn't at risk because health officials have the virus contained.

On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed a patient at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas was the first person to be diagnosed in the United States with the Ebola virus.

Thomas Eric Duncan had left Liberia on Sept. 19 and arrived in Dallas the following day.
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Zachary Taylor, director of Dallas County's health department, discusses precautions being taken after a patient in the Texas city was diagnosed Sept. 30, 2014, with Ebola.(Photo: WFAA-TV, Dallas-Fort Worth)

On Sept. 26, he sought treatment at the hospital after becoming ill but was sent back to the northeast Dallas apartment complex where he was staying with a prescription for antibiotics. Duncan's sister, Mai Wureh, said he notified health-care workers that he was visiting from Liberia when they asked for his Social Security number and he told them he didn't have one.

Two days later, he was admitted to the hospital with more critical symptoms, after requiring an ambulance ride.

Duncan, whose condition was upgraded to serious from critical Wednesday, was in contact with at least five children from four schools before he was hospitalized, said Superintendent Mike Miles of Dallas Independent Schools. Each of those children have been kept home from school and are under precautionary monitoring.

"They are consulting with the county on any additional action that may need to be taken during the course of investigation," district spokesman Jon Dahlander said in a statement. "This is part of routine emergency operations during a health incident in the county. This is same protocol taken during things like flu and tuberculosis cases."

More than a half a dozen CDC employees arrived in Dallas after news of the diagnosis broke. The CDC and Dallas County are working together in what they call a contact investigation.

Anyone who had contact with the patient, including emergency room staff, will be under health officials' observation for 21 days. If any of those being monitored show symptoms, they'll be placed in isolation.

The three paramedics who transported the patient in Dallas are temporarily off duty and among those under observation.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/10/01/texas-ebola-patient/16525649/
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Re: CDC Confirms Patient In Dallas Has The Ebola Virus

Postby medicmike » Wed Oct 01, 2014 4:49 pm

Was having a glass of wine with a couple nurse co-workers of the XYL. The subject of Ebola came up, they are def nervous about this. CDC says it isn't airborne but one of the nurses asked "then why are they wearing space suits in the hot zones? Shouldn't universal precautions be enough? Unless they aren't being straight with us"....
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Re: CDC Confirms Patient In Dallas Has The Ebola Virus

Postby fastback65 » Thu Oct 02, 2014 2:53 am

New possible case in Hawaii. And so it goes...
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Re: CDC Confirms Patient In Dallas Has The Ebola Virus

Postby Oldfart » Thu Oct 02, 2014 7:33 am

Dallas guy came into contact with 80 people they now say
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Re: CDC Confirms Patient In Dallas Has The Ebola Virus

Postby medicmike » Thu Oct 02, 2014 4:59 pm

Oldfart wrote:Dallas guy came into contact with 80 people they now say


Wouldn't surprise me if it was more than that!
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Second possible case in Texas now

Postby medicmike » Wed Oct 08, 2014 4:12 pm

FRISCO, Texas - A patient showing symptoms of Ebola who claims to have had contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, the Ebola patient who died in Dallas Wednesday, was taken to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Wednesday afternoon.

The patient showing Ebola symptoms is Sgt. Michael Monnig with the Dallas County Sheriff's Department. Test results will be returned in two days.

Frisco Fire Chief Mark Piland says the deputy entered the apartment where Duncan had been staying and had contact with some members of the family that lived there. Federal and state health officials say there's no indication the deputy had any direct contact with Duncan, though.

Monnig's son, Logan, told FOX 4 on Wednesday that Monnig had been closely monitored by the CDC with daily temperature checks, and his last one was normal, at 98 degrees.

Logan said Monnig woke up with stomach pains and was being examined out of precaution.

"I don't want this to get blown out of proportion,” said Logan. “We are 100 percent confident my dad doesn't have Ebola.”

http://www.myfoxdfw.com/story/26737893/ ... s-of-ebola

Texas Health Presbyterian released a statement Wednesday afternoon, saying:

“Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas can confirm today that a patient has been admitted to the Emergency Room after reporting possible exposure to the Ebola virus. Right now, there are more questions than answers about this case. Our professional staff of nurses and doctors is prepared to examine the patient, discuss any findings with appropriate agencies and officials. We are on alert with precautions and systems in place. At the same time, we are caring for routine cases which are completely separate in operations.”
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