Four people were quarantined in a Dallas appartmet with all the items used by the man sealed in plastic bags, while health athorities widened their search for others who had direct or indirect contact with the first Elbola infected U.S. citizen.
In Liberia, an American freelance television cameraman who works for NBC News in Liberia has got contracted Ebola, the fifth American citizen infected with the virus that has already claimed lives of at least 3,300 people in the current outbreak in West Africa.
The 33-year-old man cameraman, whose name wasn’t revealed to reporters, will be directed to the United States for treatment, the network revealed on Thursday.
“Immediately after beginning to feel ill and discovering he was running a slight fever, the cameraman quarantined himself. He then went to a Doctors Without Borders treatment center and 12 hours later learned he tested positive for Ebola,” Reuters writes. “The entire NBC crew will fly back to the United States on a private charter plane and will place themselves under quarantine for 21 days, the maximum incubation period for Ebola.”
American health officials told the media representatives earlier in the day that they were absolutely confident they would be able to stop the spread of the deadly virus in the United States after the first case was diagnosed this week on U.S. soil.
According to preliminary calculations, about 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).
However, none of those thought to have had contact with Duncan were showing symptoms of Ebola, Dallas County officials said at a news conference.
“Protocols were followed by both the physician and then nurses,” the hospital where Duncan is being treated said, adding that the system, designed to help nurses administer flu vaccines, prevented the note on the patient’s travel history from automatically appearing for the doctor.
The hospital representative admitted that it would amend the system to highlight whether patients had traveled to Ebola-stricken regions. “We feel that this change will improve the early identification of patients who may be at risk for communicable diseases, including Ebola”.
The hospital also seemed to be scrambling to cast some blame on Duncan. “When Mr. Duncan was asked if he had been around anyone who had been ill, he said that he had not,” the hospital said.
“Dallas County said it would put “boots on the ground” to monitor those who may have been exposed. In Vickery Meadow, residents worried if that would be enough to prevent an outbreak at what has been dubbed “ground zero” for Ebola in the United States,” The Huffington Post reports. “Vickery Meadow is home to about 25,000 people and more than 30 languages are spoken among immigrants who have come to Dallas because it has one of the country’s better job markets and relatively inexpensive property.”