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Experts Reviewing Why U.S. Ebola Patient Allowed To Leave Hospital After Revealing Travel From Liberia

News outlets report on experts’ scrutiny over why the U.S. Ebola patient was allowed to leave a Dallas hospital last week after he disclosed his travel from Liberia.

ABC News: Ebola Patient Was Released From Texas Hospital Despite Telling Nurse He Had Been in West Africa
“Even though a sick patient later diagnosed with Ebola told an emergency room nurse at a Texas hospital that he had recently traveled from West Africa, the nurse failed to pass on that information to other hospital staff, and that man was released from the hospital with antibiotics, officials said [Wednesday]… (Neporent, 10/1).

The Hill: GOP rep: ‘Don’t overlook’ Ebola patients’ travel histories
“Texas Rep. Michael Burgess (R) said Wednesday that doctors should check whether patients have visited Ebola-stricken countries when they perform checkups in light of the first confirmed U.S. case of the deadly disease…” (Laing, 10/1).

New York Times: Scrutiny in Texas to Detect Whether Ebola Has Spread
“The man who has become the first Ebola patient to develop symptoms in the United States told officials at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital last Friday that he had just arrived from West Africa but was not admitted that day because that information was not passed along at the hospital, officials acknowledged Wednesday…” (Fernandez/Onishi, 10/1).

Reuters: Experts question two-day delay in admitting Texas Ebola patient
“The first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola in a U.S. hospital was evaluated initially and turned away, a critical missed opportunity that could result in others being exposed to the deadly virus, infectious disease experts said…” (Steenhuysen/Begley, 10/1).

Washington Post: Ebola patient was allowed to leave Dallas hospital last week
“…Dallas County health officials say they are continuing to monitor the patient’s family members and are checking for symptoms twice each day. The state health department said they have no other suspected cases­ at this point…” (Berman/Nutt, 10/1).

Washington Post: Texas Ebola patient told hospital of travel from West Africa but was released
“…The man returned two days later and was placed in isolation before he became the first person ever diagnosed with Ebola in the United States. But as a result of this lapse, Thomas Duncan was able to leave the hospital and interact with more people while experiencing symptoms, which is when the virus becomes contagious…” (Berman, 10/1).

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