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First Case of Ebola in U.S. Confirmed in Dallas

First Case of Ebola in U.S. Confirmed in Dallas

The U.S. Centers of Disease Control (CDC) has announced that a case of Ebola was confirmed in Dallas. The Ebola patient is quarantined for treatment at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. 

CDC director Tom Freiden says that the confirmed Ebola case should not be cause for panic;  the organization is already tracking people that the patient encountered. The patient had recently flown from Liberia and showed signs of the virus after arriving in the U.S. on Sept. 20. 

“I have no doubt that we will control this case of Ebola so that it does not spread widely in this country,” Freiden said. 

People that interacted with the patient will be monitored for 21 days, which is the Ebola incubation period. 

“This is core public health and it is what we do day in and day out and what we will be doing here to identify any possible spread and to ensure there aren't further chains of transmission,” Freiden said. 

The Ebola patient’s identity has not been released. 

Publication date: October 1, 2014