Top doc: ‘several people were exposed,’ more will be infected by Dallas Ebola case

October 2014WASHINGTON A former Food and Drug Administration chief scientist and top infectious disease specialist said that several people were exposed to the Ebola virus by the unidentified patient in Dallas, America’s first case, and it’s likely that many more will be infected. Dr. Jesse L. Goodman, now a professor of medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center, said while the nation shouldn’t panic, it’s best to prepare for the worst. “It is quite appropriate to be concerned on many fronts,” he said in a statement provided to Secrets. “First, it is a tragedy for the patient and family and, as well, a stress to contacts, health care workers and the community at large. Second, it appears several people were exposed before the individual was placed in isolation, and it is quite possible that one or more of his contacts will be infected,” he added. What’s more, he conceded that it was “only a matter of time” that the swift-killing African virus arrived in the U.S.
“If anyone did not agree before, bringing the epidemic in Africa under control is an absolute emergency and requires a massive effort and global commitment now long overdue. This is a matter not just of preventing death and suffering in Africa, but, as this case brings home to the U.S., of global safety and security,” he warned. He also strongly suggested that the one case will not be the end. “While there is an expectation that this case, and likely future ones, can be contained, it is important not to be overconfident and to continuously, now and in the future, reexamine both how the virus is behaving and also the public health and medical response to see what can potentially be improved,” he said.
Like others in the medical field, Goodman asked why it is that the Ebola case wasn’t detected earlier and he demanded that testing protocols be reevaluated. “It is critical for hospitals and health care workers everywhere to be sure they are alert, obtain travel histories and, if there is any question at all it could be Ebola, contact CDC and, while sorting things out, act to isolate a sick patient returning from an epidemic area,” he said. Georgetown’s medical staff has been on high alert for Ebola, as have other local hospitals. What’s more, Georgetown University has been closely following the case because it has close to ties to many of the impacted countries and has educators who have traveled to the region. – Washington Examiner (excerpt)
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7 Responses to Top doc: ‘several people were exposed,’ more will be infected by Dallas Ebola case

  1. Vickie J. Ragle says:

    Yes, I’d considered that Flu season is basically on top of us. Along with the fact, EVERYONE seems to have the respiratory thing, with cough, quickly leading to laryngitis. Kathy worked one day with someone who had it, in the cash office at Wal Mart… she came down with it within 2 days. I assume it’s along the same lines as the EVD68, maybe a different strain? Although that one states it’s not typically adults, this sounds like it’s fairly localized in the respiratory system. Whatever it’s origin or strain… it’s super contagious & apparently causes the cough to hang on for several weeks (which I assume still allows others to become infected?) I’m with you… there’s no way they don’t still have the house to house search thing in place. They have slipped so many orders into place, while no one questioned anything… there’s really no telling how many rights we’ve lost in the mean time. Vj

    Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2014 14:55:08 +0000


  2. Judy says:

    Well, we all knew it was just a matter of time until it was brought here. That is what happens when our world society allows people to go to infected areas and then travel back and forth via cramped air planes. Back to families, friends, co-workers and just plain strangers. Even if these are scientist here in the states that have somehow become infected, there really needs to be more safety steps before aid workers/scientist are allowed back among the public. We are all proud of the people that go there to help and those that are studying so hard to figure out this horrible disease. They are very brave and humane, but without more concern for those they are returning to, well it darkens the whole image for the rest of the world.


  3. Surveyor says:

    “If anyone did not agree before, bringing the epidemic in Africa under control is an absolute emergency and requires a massive effort and global commitment now long overdue.”

    If the “massive effort and global commitment” is anything like the response to Fukushima, we can all expect to be infected.


  4. hassan says:

    Can EBOLA be define as Extermination By Organism Lethal Ammunition (EBOLA) A personal inference into the mind set of its producers. Your guess could be as good as. . .


  5. Dznutz says:

    Is anyone else hoping for this? Not to sound sadistic but I have been praying for God to finally hit the reset button on this planet. If I’m one of the infected so be it but something has to happen for us to finally change this country and this world!


    • Yellow Bird says:

      i guess i can hear what you’re maybe trying to say here…
      but honestly, i can think of lots better ways to be hoping for a reset.


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