The first Ebola case in the US has been reported in Dallas, Texas. The Liberian man, Thomas Eric Duncan, is the first traveler to bring the disease to the US on a commercial passenger plane. Duncan is currently in critical condition and on a ventilator.
Health care officials have compiled a list of 114 people whom officials thought could have possibly been exposed to Ebola through interactions with Duncan. Of the 114, experts are “fairly certain” only 9 of these people have had enough direct contact with Duncan to become infected.
The Texas hospital caring for Duncan is currently under fire for originally misdiagnosing and releasing him. Duncan returned to the hospital two days later and was diagnosed with Ebola.
According to the CDC, the risk of Ebola becoming an epidemic in the United States is close to zero. Officials emphasize Ebola has spread quickly in West Africa because medical professionals there lack proper protective gear and are having to turn away patients from overcrowded facilities. The situation is entirely different in the U.S., said CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden. “I have no doubt that we will contain this.”