In Dallas, Texas, there has been confirmation of someone being diagnosed with Ebola on American soil.
The patient has currently unidentified, but officials from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital say that the unidentified patient is being kept in isolation. The man had apparently contracted the virus in Liberia before flying to the US two weeks ago.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Thomas Frieden, the unidentified patient had visited the US from Liberia on 19th September to visit relatives, only displaying symptoms of the virus on the 24th, then was admitted to a Texas hospital and put in isolation on the 28th.
Previously, aid workers that caught Ebola in West Africa returned to the US for treatment, however this has been the first time that someone has developed the virus on US ground, and the patient has been involved in treated Ebola-infected patients while in Liberia.
An official from the hospital said on Tuesday to reporters that the patients is “critically ill”, but the facility was already equipped with procedures to deal with potential cases.
Currently health officials are working to identify and find those who had come into contact with the patient while he was contagious. Then they will be monitored for 21 days to see if symptoms appear.
Frieden added: “The bottom line here is I have no doubt that we will control this importation, this case of Ebola, so it does now spread widely in this country,” he added. “We will stop it here.”
According to the World Health Organization, more than 3,000 have died of the virus so far, however the CDC has said that the Ebola has mostly been contained in Nigeria and Senegal, with no new cases popping up in almost a month.