The first case of Ebola has been diagnosed in Dallas. The patient was immediately put into strict isolation in Texas Health Presbyterian “based on the patient’s symptoms and recent travel history.” The patient is a man – a civilian – from Liberia.
He was asymptomatic on the plane but became severely ill when he arrived.
CDC spokespersons reported the following this afternoon:
Ebola is only spread by direct contact with bodily fluids from someone who has the disease.
The patient arrived September 20th but had no symptoms until September 24th. He was admitted to the hospital and put into isolation on the 28th. He tested positive for Ebola.
People exposed to the patient could develop Ebola.
It is not known how this patient contracted Ebola.
There are no other suspected cases in Texas at the present time.
USA Today reported that the respiratory illness enterovirus 68 (EV-D68) is now in 40 states and the District of Columbia. While the disease has been around since the 1960’s, it has been rare in the United States. It is very common in poor, underdeveloped countries.
It is not known why it is now a problem in the United States.
No one has died from EV-D68 but some children are experiencing paralysis.
Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora has treated more than 2,500 children for severe respiratory illnesses from mid-August to mid-September, with nearly 10% admitted for hospital stays, said Ann-Christine Nyquist, medical director of infection prevention and control at the hospital, in an interview with the American Academy of Family Physicians.
The CDC confirmed 19 of 25 specimens from the hospital tested positive for EV-D68, as of Sept. 15, Nyquist told AAFP.
The illness is similar to the polio virus.