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CDC Confirms First U.S. Ebola Case Diagnosed In Texas, Vows To Contain Virus

News outlets report on the CDC’s announcement of the first U.S. Ebola case in Dallas, Texas.

ABC News: First Ebola Case in U.S., But CDC Vows ‘We Will Stop It Here’
“The first Ebola case has been diagnosed in the United States, but a top health official said today there is ‘no doubt … we will stop it here’…” (Lupkin, 9/30).

Associated Press: Government confirms first case of Ebola in U.S.
“…The unidentified man was critically ill and has been in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital since Sunday, federal health officials said. They would not reveal his nationality or age…” (Warren/Neergaard, 9/30).

CQ News: Traveler from Liberia is First U.S. Ebola Case, CDC Says
“…A White House official said [CDC Director Tom Frieden] briefed President Barack Obama about the recently diagnosed case. The development is certain to raise anxiety about the public health response to an outbreak that has killed more than 3,000 people in West Africa…” (Bettelheim, 9/30).

Financial Times: First U.S. Ebola case diagnosed in Texas
“…As well as being the first ever diagnosis of Ebola in the U.S., the CDC said it was the first time this current strain of the virus had been diagnosed outside of Africa…” (Dyer, 10/1).

The Hill: Ebola virus arrives in U.S.
“…The CDC is sending a team of disease detectives to [Texas] to track down people who came in contact with the patient. Those contacts will be monitored for several weeks to ensure they are not infected…” (Viebeck, 9/30).

National Geographic: First Ebola Case Diagnosed in United States
“… ‘This was not unexpected,’ Jen Kates, vice president and director of global health and HIV policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation, a health research organization, wrote in an email late Tuesday. ‘The United States is prepared and has the resources to respond quickly to a case of Ebola that might appear within our borders. Unfortunately, there are parts of the world where this is not yet the case’…” (Weintraub, 9/30).

New York Times: Ebola Is Diagnosed in Texas, First Case Found in the U.S.
“…The Obama administration was working to prevent a public panic over the case, using social media to describe how Ebola can — and cannot — be transmitted…” (Grady/Davis, 9/30).

Politico: CDC confirms first U.S. Ebola case
“…Frieden repeatedly underscored that the case presents a very low risk to the U.S. public and did not foreshadow the kind of crisis seen in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, which are battling the worst Ebola outbreak in history…” (Levine, 10/1).

Reuters: Traveler from Liberia is first Ebola patient diagnosed in U.S.
“…The Dallas case ‘underscores that Ebola is a global and national security issue and that we need to double-down on our efforts to help West Africa get this outbreak under control,’ Gerald Parker, vice president for Public Health Preparedness and Response at Texas A&M Health Science Center, said in an interview…” (Steenhuysen et al., 9/30).

Scientific American: First Ebola Case Diagnosed in the U.S.
“…For months, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has maintained that unlike the health systems in West Africa, the robust health infrastructure in the U.S. would prevent Ebola from readily spreading if the virus was detected in the country…” (Maron, 9/30).

Wall Street Journal: First Case of Ebola in U.S. Is Confirmed
“…Officials have now launched an intensive medical and public health effort both to treat the sick individual and to identify and monitor those people who he may have exposed to the disease in the four days between when he first developed symptoms and when he was placed into hospital isolation…” (McKay et al., 9/30).

Washington Post: First U.S. case of Ebola diagnosed in Texas after man who came from Liberia falls ill
“…The CDC also has scheduled more training for U.S. workers who plan on volunteering in West Africa or want to be prepared if cases surface at their own hospitals…” (Berman et al., 9/30).

Other news outlets reported on various aspects of the first U.S. Ebola case:

Associated Press: Ebola case stokes concerns for Liberians in Texas (Warren/Neergaard, 10/1).
The Atlantic: Wait, You Can Have Ebola and Still Board a Plane? (Khazan, 9/30).
NBC News: What We Know About the Texas Ebola Patient (Fox, 9/30).
Politico: Ebola’s here: Don’t panic (Kenen/Levine, 9/30).
ScienceInsider: One more question, Dr. Frieden: 13 things we’d like CDC to tell us about first U.S. Ebola diagnosis (Cohen et al., 9/30).
Washington Post: Investigating Ebola: How contact tracing will work in Texas (Izadi, 10/1).

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