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CDC: Up To 100 People May Have Been Exposed To Ebola

Initial estimates of having Ebola exposure entirely contained were overly optimistic as the Center For Disease Control (CDC) now says as many as 100 people came into contact with Thomas Eric Duncan of Liberia. Duncan is now hospitalized but was sick and symptomatic for days before being admitted where he could have exposed the 100 people now being cited by authorities who had direct or indirect contact with him.

On his way to the hospital Duncan vomited near his apartment in Dallas, Texas potentially exposing numerous people on the street as well as those who cleaned up the vomit not knowing it contained the Ebola virus. Ebola is not an airborne disease but can be spread by mucus and other bodily fluids. Four people who live in the apartment complex are now quarantined under court order in their apartments with plastic seals and are not allowed to leave.

Duncan did go to the hospital when symptoms first appeared but was sent home for two days before returning. According to officials with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, Duncan was sent home due to a technical miscommunication between the doctor who examined Duncan and the nurse who took Duncan’s information.

The government of Liberia has said it may prosecute Duncan whom an official claimed may have lied about coming in contact with Ebola before leaving the country.

Up to 100 people had direct or indirect contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian citizen, and a handful were being monitored, said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). None of those thought to have had contact with Duncan were showing symptoms of Ebola, Dallas County officials said at a news conference…

In Liberia, the head of the country’s airport authority, Binyah Kesselly, said the government could prosecute Duncan for denying he had contact with someone who was eventually diagnosed with Ebola. The government said Duncan failed to declare that he helped neighbor Marthalene Williams after she fell critically ill on Sept. 15. Williams died. Kesselly said Duncan was asked in a questionnaire whether he had come in contact with any Ebola victim or was showing any symptoms. “To all of these questions, Mr. Duncan answered ‘no,'” Kesselly said.

Liberian prosecutors may never get their chance as Duncan is reported to be critically ill. Ebola has already killed over 3,000 people in West Africa in what is now considered the worst outbreak ever recorded.

No one else besides Duncan has tested positive for Ebola in the US at this time.

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CDC: Up To 100 People May Have Been Exposed To Ebola

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Initial estimates of having Ebola exposure entirely contained were overly optimistic as the Center For Disease Control (CDC) now says as many as 100 people came into contact with Thomas Eric Duncan of Liberia. Duncan is now hospitalized but was sick and symptomatic for days before being admitted where he could have exposed the 100 people now being cited by authorities who had direct or indirect contact with him.

On his way to the hospital Duncan vomited near his apartment in Dallas, Texas potentially exposing numerous people on the street as well as those who cleaned up the vomit not knowing it contained the Ebola virus. Ebola is not an airborne disease but can be spread by mucus and other bodily fluids. Four people who live in the apartment complex are now quarantined under court order in their apartments with plastic seals and are not allowed to leave.

Duncan did go to the hospital when symptoms first appeared but was sent home for two days before returning. According to officials with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, Duncan was sent home due to a technical miscommunication between the doctor who examined Duncan and the nurse who took Duncan’s information.

The government of Liberia has said it may prosecute Duncan whom an official claimed may have lied about coming in contact with Ebola before leaving the country.

Up to 100 people had direct or indirect contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian citizen, and a handful were being monitored, said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). None of those thought to have had contact with Duncan were showing symptoms of Ebola, Dallas County officials said at a news conference…

In Liberia, the head of the country’s airport authority, Binyah Kesselly, said the government could prosecute Duncan for denying he had contact with someone who was eventually diagnosed with Ebola. The government said Duncan failed to declare that he helped neighbor Marthalene Williams after she fell critically ill on Sept. 15. Williams died. Kesselly said Duncan was asked in a questionnaire whether he had come in contact with any Ebola victim or was showing any symptoms. “To all of these questions, Mr. Duncan answered ‘no,'” Kesselly said.

Liberian prosecutors may never get their chance as Duncan is reported to be critically ill. Ebola has already killed over 3,000 people in West Africa in what is now considered the worst outbreak ever recorded.

No one else besides Duncan has tested positive for Ebola in the US at this time.

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