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Scrutiny in Texas to Detect Whether Ebola Has Spread


Scrutiny in Texas to Detect Whether Ebola Has Spread


DALLAS — 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.

The man, Thomas E. Duncan, was sent home under the mistaken belief that he had only a mild fever, a hospital administrator said; the information that he had traveled from Liberia, one of the nations at the heart of the Ebola epidemic, was overlooked.

Mr. Duncan came back to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital on Sunday and was admitted for treatment, but in those two days in between, his contacts with a number of people — including five schoolchildren and the medics who helped transport him to the hospital — potentially exposed them to Ebola, forcing officials to monitor and isolate them in their homes and to begin a thorough cleaning of the schools the students attended. Mr. Duncan is now in serious but stable condition.

One thought on “Scrutiny in Texas to Detect Whether Ebola Has Spread

  1. We cannot magage an Ebola crisis with a questionnaire. The man knew that he had been exposed and he lied.

    They are going to have to come up with a better plan.

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