Thursday, October 2, 2014

Doctors Respond to First U.S. Ebola Case in Dallas

Physicians are working to ensure Texans have the right information about the Ebola virus after the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) reported a Dallas hospital patient has tested positive for the virus, making him the first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States.

DSHS says the patient recently visited Liberia and developed symptoms days after returning to Texas. The patient went into isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, where hospital officials say they have implemented infection control measures to help ensure the safety of patients and staff.

Texas Health Commissioner David Lakey, MD, says there are no other suspected cases in Texas. DSHS officials have a list of 100 people who may have been in contact with the infected patient, and are monitoring 18 individuals who may have been exposed to the patient.  None of these individuals have exhibited any symptoms of the disease.

Early symptoms of Ebola include sudden fever, fatigue, and headache. Symptoms may appear anywhere from two to 21 days after exposure. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there is no risk of transmission from patients who have recovered from Ebola nor from those who have been exposed to the virus but are not yet sick.

Check out these stories to learn what TMA physicians are saying about the Ebola situation:

Is Texas Prepared for a Public Health Emergency?The Texas Tribune
Ebola in North Texas – KERA
Dallas doc is voice of reason at Ebola hospital – WFAA
Doctor answers your Ebola questions – WFAA
Five Things Parents Need to Know About Ebola – WFAA

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