Officials: Second person being monitored for Ebola who had contact with patient

October 2014DALLAS, TX – 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. “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 left Liberia on Sept. 19 and arrived in Dallas the following day.
On Sept. 26, he sought treatment at the hospital after becoming ill but was sent home with a prescription for antibiotics. Duncan’s sister, Mai Wureh, said he notified officials 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 with more critical symptoms, after requiring an ambulance ride to the hospital. The patient, whose condition was upgraded to serious Wednesday, was in contact with several children before he was hospitalized and had been staying at a northeast Dallas apartment complex, health officials here said. Each of those children have been kept home from school and are under precautionary monitoring, Thompson said. The Dallas County school district officials said they are working closely with health officials. “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 has 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. Stanley Gaye, president of the Liberian Community Association of Dallas-Fort Worth, said the 10,000-strong Liberian population in North Texas is skeptical of the CDC’s assurances because Ebola has ravaged their country. “We’ve been telling people to try to stay away from social gatherings,” Gaye said at a community meeting Tuesday. Large get-togethers are a prominent part of Liberian culture. –US TODAY
CDC website prior to Dallas case:Is there a danger of Ebola spreading in the U.S.? Ebola is not spread through casual contact; therefore, the risk of an outbreak in the U.S. is very low. We know how to stop Ebola’s further spread: thorough case finding, isolation of ill people, contacting people exposed to the ill person, and further isolation of contacts if they develop symptoms. The U.S. public health and medical systems have had prior experience with sporadic cases of diseases such as Ebola. In the past decade, the United States had 5 imported cases of Viral Hemorrhagic Fever (VHF) diseases similar to Ebola (1 Marburg, 4 Lassa). None resulted in any transmission in the United States.” –CDC Website
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22 Responses to Officials: Second person being monitored for Ebola who had contact with patient

  1. katnea says:

    I don’t understand *why* our government, or any other worldwide government is allowing people to fly back and forth into the Ebola hot spot regions?! I mean Liberia of all places!? I’m curious as to what this mans excuse was for flying to Liberia last month? (Sept/2014) There was a level 3 warning (Avoid Nonessential Travel) waaaay before this man traveled to Liberia! The outbreak of Ebola in Liberia has been noted since March 2014! Furthermore, I feel this man should of used his own good sense to avoid CHILDREN when he got back! He knew there is an *asymptomatic* period with this deadly virus, or any other viruses for that matter! Naaaah, it almost looks like he wanted to spread it?! All you need is one tiny open area on your skin to get exposed. And I’m sure Middle school age children have plenty of minor scratches on their skin! (sheesh)

    Update!: BTW- I read that this man, (Mr. Duncan) who is single and lives in Liberia himself, supposedly resigned from his shipping job in Liberia then for some reason he decided to visit his sister here in the U.S?! However, this Duncan knew for a fact that his landlords daughter fell gravely ill from Ebola and died the next day! This was after he (Duncan) had helped his landlord along with help of the landlords son to physically carry the landlords daughter to the hospital! And if that wasn’t enough… he also knew for a fact that even the landlords son got sick with Ebola and DIED!

    This reeks of sabotage if you ask me…eh?! And what’s up with that incompetent ER doctor that had released a man that lives in Liberia and had a fever?! I mean come on!

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    • lindeetotems says:

      Katnea, and others…. with all due respect.

      This avenue is meant to find humans in the entire race.

      We (all) are the responsible ones for all the chaos.

      Time to digest and correct our aim. Hiding won’t help. Blame-ing is hiding.

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      • katnea says:

        Lindeetotems, Hmmm, you are talking Apples and Oranges here as far as I’m concerned.
        First of all, you betcha I am blaming Mr. Duncan for his actions! This man was very much aware of the fact that he himself was a probable carrier of this deadly virus! But yet that didn’t stop him from giving false info about being a potential Ebola carrier while traveling, and after his arrival here! Trust me when I tell you that *IF* this man had been honest about living in Liberia, AND that he had been exposed to a couple of people of Ebola victims who had died… that ER physician would of quarantined that man in a heartbeat! Ask yourself *why* this man didn’t even bother keeping himself inside his sister’s, or girlfriends home for at least 21 days after he arrived?! (phifft) Now ask yourself why *he* made the choice of exposing children to the risk of this deadly virus as well?! (Oh and btw- the “Typhoid Mary” scenario represents a no blame situation if you ask me.)

        “Facts don’t cease to exist just because they are ignored.” –Huxley, Aldous

        And lastly while I agree with you insofar that the creation of this virus was designed to exterminate most of humanity, I also believe that the only people who are responsible for the deadly virus creation…. are themselves! Should you one day make the decision to go out and poison several children, but yet I’m not aware of your decision and/or your actions until all the children are dead…tell me how am I responsible? Naaaah, the bottom line here is that each and everyone of us are ultimately responsible for our actions….period! For nobody but nobody will ever stand in my shoes during my life review… but me!

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    • jeff says:

      Would it be too much to ask if he (Mr. Duncan) has any affiliation with ISIS?

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      • Yellow Bird says:

        Mr Duncan is just a local Liberian good samaritan who panicked and did an understandable albeit very wrong thing: he was exposed when he helped his landlord take a hemorrhaging pregnant daughter or niece (sorry- ive forgotten which she was) to the hospital, then carried her back to her bed at home after she was turned away. It is possible at the time they only thought her bleeding was due to an eminent miscarriage.
        After she died and no longer any doubt as to ebola, he panicked: “Oh no! my number’s next! There’s no help here! Where can i go?? I know, i will stay with my sister in America, they have good doctors there who can help me if i get sick! I won’t have to die!!”

        How many of us if wearing similar shoes would (will) walk a similar path?

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  2. Shepherd says:

    The West Africa EBOLA is a 5th strain – its NOT the same strain as the original Zaire ebola.
    Zaire killed 90% – WA only (?) kills half – however- the WA strain is by far more contagious and should be treated as AIRBORN. The CDC is lying. The CDC knew Ebola can be airborn a few years ago. The Reston strain was airborn. The term – AIRBORN – is subject to interpretation – but this WA Ebola virus is very easily caught – and everyone on a plane is at risk.

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    • jeff says:

      There are many versions of this virus and it is an engineered virus developed to morph and adapt.

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    • Alexandra says:

      The Reston virus was in the monkeys of a monkey house quarantine station in Reston VA. A few people tested positive for this Ebola strain but never became seriously sick. The military vet noticed that this strain was airborne.
      The military went in and killed all the monkeys (it was a bloody Ebola strain for the monkeys). The whole action was treated as a 4 hot zone.

      To get the info on that read “The Hot Zone” (R. Preston).

      It has a lot of good info.

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  3. Yellow Bird says:

    “So this is real. There should be a concern, but it’s contained to the specific family members and close friends at this moment.”

    well thats an understatement.

    at least now they’ve acknowleged monitoring for the emergency room personnel and ambulance drivers. wonder if the entire apartment complex is being watched? or the school? and whoever had contact with Patient 2? and, actually, who Patient 2 is? …noticed that while the initial patient has now been named, identity of second case has not been given.

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    • Ian says:

      @ Yellow Bird – Thank you so much for the link you posted! That is very good & helpful info contained there. It can help many to become more aware of things and aid themselves if a widespread outbreak were to occur here.

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      • Yellow Bird says:

        we are all hoping that if we do enough things different, we might just see a different outcome…
        your’e welcome

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  4. stevenj says:

    If they seem overly confident that they can contain Ebola, then you can safely assume that the opposite is true. Because Ebola has mutated so many times since the original outbreak, they have no way of knowing that it’s not already airborne. Time, however, will tell by the number of new cases that will pop up here in the US over the next month or two.

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  5. fireflygbg says:

    Its airborne, they are lying and need to disinfect every airplane that flies..period

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  6. Yellow Bird says:

    here is a bit more on Patient Zero, name + how he became infected:
    http://news.yahoo.com/traveler-liberia-first-ebola-patient-diagnosed-u-003007621–finance.html
    “The hospital cited the man’s privacy as the reason for not identifying him. However, Gee Melish, who said he was a family friend, identified the man in Texas infected with Ebola as Thomas Eric Duncan.
    The New York Times said that Duncan, in his mid-40s, helped transport a pregnant woman suffering from Ebola to a hospital in Liberia, where she was turned away for lack of space. Duncan helped bring the woman back to her family’s home and carried her into the house, where she later died, the newspaper reported. Four days later Duncan left for the United States, the Times said, citing the woman’s parents and neighbors.”

    Meanwhile somewhere in the UN zone…
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/10/01/texas-ebola-patient/16525649/
    “Meanwhile, the United Nations announced its first suspected victim of Ebola, a Liberian man who worked for the UN mission in Liberia and died of a probable but unconfirmed infection last week…”

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  7. According to Scientific Reports (Ranked as 5th in scientific journals by Reuters in 2014) Ebola is an airborn virus.

    http://www.nature.com/srep/201

    The CDC even discusses “close proximity contact”

    http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/h

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    • Jennifer says:

      The link for the CDC has been removed. Hmmm… Heaven forbid we the people find out the truth, right?

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      • Yellow Bird says:

        folks, you need to be downloading every relevant informational document you find to your own device, please do not trust links to remain functional indefinitely.

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  8. Janice says:

    And these guys:

    CIDRAP-9/19/14…What you need to know & what they advised the CDC & WHO on 9/19/14
    http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2014/09/commentary-health-workers-need-optimal-respiratory-protection-ebola.

    So we see healthcare workers wearing special respirator masks while transporting Atlanta & Dallas Ebola patients. Some photos show workers also wearing portable oxygen packs on their backs in addition to respirator masks. A few American Ebola patients can be seen in “hermetically sealed” oxygen units during transport. If it’s not an airborne pathogen why the extra precaution. What about the public? What about sneeze “cloud” bacteria/virus transmission of bodily fluids (saliva)?

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    • katnea says:

      I agree with you Janice! But after leaving a comment (awhile back) with regards to the Ebola virus possibly mutating into an airborne transmittable virus…. my theory pretty much got shot down. I was informed pretty much that I really needed to research the facts again as to just how this virus is actually transferred. And that the airborne route…. wasn’t one of them! (hah) Then shortly after I had left my comment, I read about the need for healthcare workers to step up their precautions by wearing respirator masks! Personally I wouldn’t ever want anyone that’s infected by the Ebola virus to sneeze on me! Because as far as I’m concerned…. I believe one can easily be infected via the airborne route! Heck, I wouldn’t even want to be across the same room with an infected Ebola victim! Hmmm at least not unless I was wearing a full Hazmat gear! Or better yet… give me want Astronauts wear in Space!

      Lastly, I am amazed at how may people never take the time to wash their hands after using the toilet! And while I do see a small number of people washing their hands, it pretty much ends up being a wasted effort on their part. (sigh) The fact is that most people have no clue how to use proper hand washing techniques! And that if they do manage to use the proper hand washing technique… they always seem to forget to use the paper towel on the doorknob in order to exit the public restrooms! = /

      Heck, I even use the moist antibacterial towels on my shopping cart handle which are provided in the grocery and/or dept. stores! And if the container is empty… I flag an employee down into they fill it again! And I shop at night if possible! (grin)

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    • jeff says:

      Ok, when the CDC speaks I think back to this.
      http://www.thelibertybeacon.com/2014/08/24/cdc-shuts-down-bioterror-flu-labs-after-discovering-327-vials-of-deadly-pathogens-misplaced-2/
      I have also posted that the U-Varient Ebola virus is a widely used bio-(il)logical agent and is in the hands of many of those peace loving extremist in the middle east.
      As long as it’s “accidental”, it’s not murder. Right? Oops.

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