It’s ‘not impossible’ others in US could contract Ebola, CDC head says – patient in U.S. 10 days before diagnosis

October 2014 DALLAS, TX The country’s top medical official who has vowed to stop Ebola “in its tracks” in the U.S., conceded today that it’s “not impossible” that others will contract the disease. Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said an extensive tracking process is underway in the wake of the first Ebola diagnosis in the United States, with special focus on the patient’s family and health staff. “We have a seven-person team in Dallas working with the local health department and the hospital, and we will be identifying everyone who may have come in contact with him and then monitoring them for 21 days,” Frieden said.
Frieden believes the disease will be “stopped in its tracks” in this country. The unidentified man’s safety, along with the well-being of the medical people treating him, is a primary focus, Frieden said.  “What we need to do first in this particular instance is do everything possible to help this individual who’s really fighting for their life, and then make sure that we’re doing that, that we don’t have other people exposed in the hospital, identify all those contacts and monitor them for 21 days. It’s not impossible that one or two of them would develop symptoms and then they would need to be isolated,” he said. Frieden said he’s confident that passengers who flew on the same plane as the patient did not contract the disease.
“That was four or five days before he had his first symptoms and with Ebola, you’re not contagious until you have symptoms,” he said. Although American Ebola patients have been treated in the United States prior to this diagnosis, they all contracted Ebola in West Africa. Ebola has killed 2,917 people and infected 3,346 others since the outbreak began in March. –ABC News
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5 Responses to It’s ‘not impossible’ others in US could contract Ebola, CDC head says – patient in U.S. 10 days before diagnosis

  1. davidh7426 says:

    America is safe, they’ve spared no expense, and they have a SEVEN man team on the job… Ebola would be shaking in it’s boots, if it had feet…

    Though whether the the shaking would be from fear or from laughter remains to be seen.


  2. Yellow Bird says:

    wait. what?
    “Ebola has killed 2,917 people and infected 3,346 others since the outbreak began in March. –ABC News”
    what are these numbers? my last count gleaned from various WHO pages tallied 3091 dead of 6574 infected. Is ABC counting only those that are officially ‘certified’ ??


  3. Are all of you willing to bet your life, and the lives of your families on the competency of the government to ‘handle’ this outbreak? These people are supposed to be in isolation at sea in situations like this. My advice would be to have a plan to avoid ANY contact with the outside world and be prepared to lock yourselves down for weeks on end in the unfortunate case that this spreads beyond Dallas. I’m not making that bet.


  4. Jo says:

    The CDC owns the patent rights to this Ebola problem…
    Patent# CA2741523A1

    If you own the pandemic and the(supposed) vaccine you can potentially earn BILLIONS with it.
    The sure sign would when the FDA starts threatening holistic websites, oh wait they already did…
    Check out the doTerra website for more info on this.


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