The very first case of the deadly Ebola virus diagnosed on US soil occurred yesterday.
And according to a new report on CNN, some school-age children have been in contact with the U.S. Ebola patient being treated in Dallas. Texas Gov. Rick Perry says the children have been identified and are being monitored for symptoms.
It’s a lapse that has Americans concerned and health officials asking how it could happen. The
unidentified man had the deadly Ebola virus — but didn’t yet know it when he walked into a Dallas emergency room September 26. Although his symptoms could have indicated Ebola, among other diseases, no one at the hospital asked him if he had recently traveled to countries where the virus is present, a source close to the case told CNN.
The man, who had just flown from Liberia to the United States, didn’t offer the information either, the source said, and he then left the hospital. A spokesman for Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital says it’s investigating whether the patient was questioned about his travels. Regardless, two days later, on September 28, the man returned to the facility, where it was determined he likely had Ebola and was isolated.
He tested positive for the virus yesterday, health officials said.