As much as 100 people may possess had direct or roundabout connection with the first individual diagnosed with Ebola within the United States, plus four individuals have been quarantined in a Dallas residence, health officials said upon Thursday.
Dallas County authorities said 12 to eighteen individuals had direct connection with the particular patient, who flew in order to Texas from Liberia through Brussels and Washington two weeks ago, and they in turn had contact with scores of others.
Officials said none of those thought to have had direct or indirect contact with the patient, who was being treated at a Dallas hospital, were showing symptoms of Ebola. The disease can cause fever, bleeding, vomiting and diarrhea and spreads through contact with bodily fluids such as blood or saliva.
Ebola has killed at least 3, 338 people in Liberia and two other impoverished West African countries, Guinea and Sierra Leone, in the worst such outbreak on record.
Officials have said the U. S. healthcare system is well prepared to contain the hemorrhagic fever's spread by careful tracking of those who have had contact with the sufferer, Thomas Eric Duncan, and appropriate care.
Duncan initially sought treatment from Texas Health Presbyterian Medical center within the night of September. 25 unfortunately he sent back again to the Dallas house where he was keeping, with antibiotics despite informing a nurse he got just experienced West Cameras. By Sunday, he required an ambulance to come back to the same medical center after vomiting on the particular ground outside of the apartment compound.
Police and armed safety guards were keeping individuals about 100 yards apart from the apartment upon Thursday, with orange cones blocking the entrance plus exit. Maintenance workers making use of high-pressure water were scrubbing up the parking lot along with bleach. The workers had been not wearing any safety gear.
Dr David Lakey, Commissioner of the Tx Department of State Health Services, said that the four people under quarantine do not have a fever and are healthy.
"There’s food being delivered to them … we’re arranging for that apartment to be cleaned, " Lakey said.
U. S. officials initially described the number of people potentially exposed as a small number, and on Wednesday said it was up to 18. Then on Thursday, the Texas health department said there were about 100 potential contacts. Dallas County officials, said however, that more than 80 had direct or indirect contact.
"We are working from a list of about a hundred potential or possible connections, " Texas health section spokeswoman Carrie Williams mentioned.
"Out of an great quantity of caution, we're beginning with this very broad net, including those who have got even brief encounters along with the patient or the particular patient's home. The amount will drop as we all focus in on individuals whose contact may stand for a potential risk associated with infection. "
The individual was in serious problem, Texas Health Presbyterian Medical center in Dallas said, no change from Wednesday.
LIBERIA COULD PROSECUTE
The head of the Liberian airport authority, Binyah Kesselly,
said Liberia could prosecute Duncan for making a false declaration on his travel document. Kesselly said Duncan was asked in a questionnaire if he had come in contact with any Ebola victim or had been showing symptoms of the particular disease.
"To all associated with these questions, Mr. Duncan answered 'no', " Kesselly said. Earlier, Kesselly mentioned Duncan knew that he or she had come into get in touch with with someone who got eventually been diagnosed along with Ebola, despite the fact that he still left Liberia with no signs of symptoms.
The New York Times said Duncan, in his mid-40s, helped take by car a pregnant lady suffering from Ebola to a hospital in Liberia, where she was switched away for lack of space. The woman died.
CNN reported that the Dallas woman who got a child with Duncan said he previously sweated profusely in the bed they will shared at her house. She said the bedding where he had lain were still on the particular bed.
The woman, who CNN identified only since "Louisa, " is quarantined in the apartment along with one of her children, who is 13, and two visiting nephews in their 20s (Health officials described them as relatives of Duncan. ) These people were all in your home when Duncan began showing indicators of illness, the statement said. The woman stated she mentioned twice in order to hospital staff that he or she had originate from Liberia.
The particular U. S. Centers regarding Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) director, Dr. Jones Frieden, told reporters upon Thursday that "the base line here is we all remain confident that we all can contain any pass on of Ebola in the United States. " Frieden said the agency experienced interviewed most of the 100 people that may possess had contact with Duncan and "there are a handful who may possess had exposure and that therefore may be monitored. "
Dr. Amesh A. Adalja, an infectious illness physician at the University or college of Pittsburgh, said get in touch with tracing is “bread-and-butter open public health, ” and some thing health officials do frequently to track tuberculosis, measles and sexually transmitted illnesses.
Adalja said one of the most troubling part of the Circumstance. S. incident is that will Duncan was sent house from the hospital with antibiotics.
“This actually is something that shouldn’t have happened, ” he said. “It just reinforces that taking a travel history has to be an essential part of taking care of individuals. "
On Wednesday, hospital officials admitted that the man's travel information had not been shared with other staff who were treating him.