Health Officials Investigate First U.S. Ebola Case, Take Measures To Quarantine, Monitor Possible Contacts

News outlets report on efforts being undertaken by health officials to investigate why the first U.S. Ebola case initially was released by hospital staff, as well as to trace and quarantine potential contacts of the man.

The Hill: Health officials clam up about effort to contain Ebola in Texas
“Health officials are refusing to answer growing questions about their response to the first Ebola case in the United States. Under intense questioning from reporters, officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Texas health department, and the City of Dallas repeatedly declined Thursday to provide details about the steps being taken to prevent an outbreak…” (Viebeck, 10/2).

The Hill: NIH official: Ignoring Ebola patient’s travel history ‘not excusable’
“…Anthony Fauci, who is the director of the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said in an interview with MSNBC on Thursday that the hospital’s error [of ignoring the travel history of a man who has since been diagnosed with Ebola] was ‘not excusable’…” (Laing, 10/2).

Washington Post: Dallas hospital blames ‘flaw’ in ‘workflow’ for release of Ebola patient as a more complete picture of his travels emerges
“The Dallas hospital that failed to admit a man who later tested positive for Ebola said Thursday night that a nurse had noted his recent trip from Africa. But because of an electronic records ‘flaw,’ his travel history wasn’t seen by the physician who released him…” (Bever, 10/2).

Agence France-Presse: Texas monitors 100 people in U.S. Ebola scare
“Health officials in Texas were monitoring 100 people for signs of Ebola and ordered four close family members to stay home as authorities investigate the first confirmed U.S. case of the deadly disease…” (10/2).

Associated Press: United contacting those who flew with Ebola victim
“United Airlines said Thursday it is notifying passengers who were on flights with a man later diagnosed with Ebola and telling them how to contact federal health officials…” (Koenig, 10/2).

Reuters: Four people close to U.S. Ebola patient quarantined in Dallas
“Four people close to the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States were quarantined in a Dallas apartment, where sheets and other items used by the man were sealed in plastic bags, as health officials widened their search for others who had direct or indirect contact with him…” (Garza, 10/3).

Wall Street Journal: U.S. Ebola Screening Widens
“The number of people in Texas who are being screened for potential exposure to Ebola expanded Thursday to roughly 100, as health officials cast a wide net to try to prevent the one confirmed case of the disease from sparking an outbreak…” (Campoy et al., 10/2).

Washington Post: Texas Ebola patient, Thomas Eric Duncan, may have had contact with up to 100 people
“Public health officials in Texas said Thursday that as many as 100 people may have had contact with the Liberian man diagnosed with Ebola. Four of those people, at least two of whom are family members, have been ordered to remain at home in an attempt to prevent the spread of the disease…” (Berman, 10/2).

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