Updated on 1 October 2014
Ebola death toll in West Africa crosses 3000
Singapore: After ravaging Africa, Ebola now travels to the US. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have confirmed the first case of Ebola in the country.
At a press conference, Dr Tom Frieden, director, CDC, said, "The patient left Liberia on September 19 and arrived in the US on September 20. This is the first patient to be diagnosed with this particular strain of Ebola outside of Africa."
Dr Frieden added the patient had no symptoms when departing Liberia or entering this country. He developed symptoms a few days later. He added that the patient was kept in isolation in Dallas, where he remains critically ill.
CDC said that they are monitoring to identify any person who has come in contact with the patient. "Once those contacts are all identified, they will all be monitored for 21 days after exposure to see if they develop a fever," he added.
Dr Freiden added that hospital authorities were evaluating different methods of treatment options and experimental therapies which were effective in other patients. Dr David Lakey, commissioner of Texas Department of State Health Services, said, "Our lab has highly qualified and dedicated personnel to handle such high-risk cases."
CDC officials said that all measures will be taken to ensure that Ebola does not spread in the country. The health governing body urged residents to rest assured as the agency was doing everything they could to ensure the safety of the community and public health.