BREAKING : CDC Working to identify anyone who had contact with sick patient during infectious period

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Center for Disease Control Biotechnology Core Facility in Atlanta, Georgia, in June.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the first case of Ebola in the United States at a Tuesday press conference.

The CDC said that the patient had been traveling from Liberia, and did not show any symptoms when he arrived back in the United States on Sept. 20. The organization said it is closely monitoring the situation.

"It is certainly possible that someone who had contact with this individual...could develop Ebola in the coming weeks," said Tom Frieden, the CDC's director. "But there is no doubt in my mind that we will stop it here."

Frieden said public health officials will be working to identify all of those who may have had contact with the patient while he could have been infectious. Once identified, these individuals will be monitored for 21 days to see if they develop symptoms, Frieden said.

A Texas hospital patient has tested positive for the disease, the Texas Department of State Health Services said in a statement before the CDC's press conference. The test was conducted at the state public health laboratory in Austin.

The patient had recently traveled to West Africa and developed symptoms "days after returning to Texas from West Africa and was admitted into isolation on Sunday at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas," the Texas Department of State Health Services statement said.


Source CNBC

Posted on October, 1 2014

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