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    Posted: September 29 2014 at 7:49pm
DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A North Texas hospital has a patient in isolation as they evaluate them for potential exposure to the Ebola virus.

Officials with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas released the following statement Monday night:


“Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas has admitted a patient into strict isolation to be evaluated for potential Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) based on the patient’s symptoms and recent travel history. The hospital is following all Centers for Disease Control and Texas Department of Heath recommendations to ensure the safety of patients, hospital staff, volunteers, physicians and visitors. The CDC anticipates preliminary results tomorrow.”

It is unclear what specific symptoms the patient has or what the patient’s travel history was.

CBS 11 News spoke with Dallas County Health and Human Services Director Zachary Thompson who confirmed the patient had been in an area where the Ebola virus exists. “Looking at the travel history is the first indicator and then the next step is [treatment or non-treatment] once we get lab results,” he said.

Thompson definitely felt that there should be a heightened sense of awareness in North Texas, based on what has happened internationally.
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Fauci stating that a couple cases in the U.S. should be expected.   
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I hate to say it, but, as soon as I saw this case I had a bad feeling.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Albert Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 30 2014 at 7:26am
If it does turn out pos, we could expect more to probably pop up worldwide at approximately the same time. One suspected case should put all countries on alert. They don't want to fall behind during an initial outbreak
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Ebola unconfirmed, CDC coming to Dallas

Posted Tuesday, Sep. 30, 2014

A team from the Centers for Disease Controls is coming to Dallas in case a patient at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital tests positive for Ebola, media partner WFAA reported from the Dallas County Commission meeting Tuesday.

Reporter Sebastian Robertson reported that the patient has not yet tested positive, but that a CDC team is mobilizing.

The patient, who came to the hospital on his or her own, according to Dallas County Health Director Zachary Thomas, is being kept in strict isolation at the hospital, according to a statement released Monday by the hospital. Thomas said in an interview with WFAA that the patient had traveled to Africa.

Dallas-Fort Worth Airport has no direct flights to and from Africa, so if the patient were flying, he or she would have had to make a connection elsewhere.

Ebola more than 3,000 people across West Africa and infected a handful of Americans who have traveled to that region.

Presbyterian Hospital released a statement Monday saying officials there were following CDC recommendations to keep doctors, staff and patients safe.

The National Institutes of Health recently admitted an American doctor exposed to the virus while volunteering in Sierra Leone. Four other patients have been treated at hospitals in Georgia and Nebraska.

Star-Telegram reporters Monica Nagy and Andrea Ahles contributed to this report.
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It is almost noon CST, if the CDC is mobilizing and going to Dallas, one would have to assume they already have the results.

It is not like they get test results back and a white coat lab tech goes running out on the street to announce the results...we can assume the first positive stateside case would be immediately followed by a planned press conference
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Not good that the CDC is heading there. That's the first time I've heard of that one. The patient must be showing concerning symptoms, or as pheasant stated, they may already have the results. This one is a little interesting...
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I agree.  In all the other suspected cases they didn't hop on a plane.  YIKES!

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Health and Human Services officials told commissioners that they had already begun an investigation to find people who had been in contact with the patient. Director Zachary Thompson said it was not unusual for the department to begin tracing contacts after being notified about a possible contagious disease. County nurse epidemiologists are tracking down the patient's family members, friends and work colleagues, basically anyone who might have been exposed, if the virus is confirmed, he said.

If the disease is confirmed, further steps may be taken to isolate those contacts.

"I don’t want to say that it was a small sphere, in terms of space, but in terms of where he moved or she moved," Thompson said. "But we’ll talk more in detail later in the day and that will be communicated out to the public."
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This is all reasons why we will have outbreaks here that go beyond just a couple people, when it happens. Two think an isolated case or two is fairly optimistic.
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Yeah. Most of the other possibles looked like Ebola and came from Africa but none of this mentioned at all. Including a pre-planned anouncement for later today... Yeah.
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Not sounding good.... CDC hopping on a plane to Dallas, already starting contact tracing, and more "detail that will be communicated out to the public" later today.    Certainly a different feel than all the other "not Ebola" patients.
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Not If but When: Panic will set in if this is a positive confirmation when the folks hear where this patient has been and who he was in contact with. They know a lot more than they are telling us because of the panic issue. They have not a clue what is going to happen when they announce the results if they are positive which based on their reaction they already know..
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The Texas public health lab in Austin is testing a specimen from a Dallas patient for Ebola, and hopes to have results later Tuesday afternoon, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of State Health Services said.

Carrie Williams, director of media relations, said in an emailed update, “At this point, all precautions are being taken as if this was an Ebola case.”

Erikka Neroes, public information officer for Dallas County, said the county will release the results for the patient at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, whether they are positive or negative.

She said she could not confirm that a team from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control is coming to Dallas, but confirmed that a team is mobilizing. Williams said the CDC also is conducting testing for Ebola.

The patient came to the hospital on his or her own, according to Dallas County Health Director Zachary Thomas. He said in an interview with media partner WFAA that the patient had traveled to Africa.

In the current outbreak — the world’s largest ever, which began in West Africa — Ebola is fatal about 50 percent of the time. It has killed more than 3,000 people.

David Magana, spokesman at DFW Airport, said the county, the CDC and other public health agencies look into travel routes, adding, “We take our lead from the health agencies” with respect to any kind of screening.

Dallas-Fort Worth Airport has no direct flights to and from Africa, so if the patient were flying, he or she would have had to make a connection elsewhere.

Williams’ email says the state and local health departments are coordinating with the CDC.


Tarrant County monitoring

The Tarrant County Public Health Department is monitoring the situation closely, a spokeswoman said.

“In any of these scenarios, we are ears up. We are listening. We are making phone calls to get the best information we can,” said Kelly Hanes, Tarrant County Public Health spokesman. “We are not passively sitting here by any means.”

Hanes added that the patient in Dallas is “in the best place they can be, for their safety and our safety as well.”

The patient, who has not been identified, is being kept in strict isolation at the hospital, according to a statement released Monday by the hospital.

The statement says officials at Texas Presbyterian are following CDC recommendations to keep doctors, staff and patients safe.

Ebola has killed more than 3,000 people across West Africa and infected a handful of Americans who have traveled to that region, including Dr. Kent Brantly, who did his residency at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Brantly, who survived, was doing missionary work in Liberia when he was infected.

The National Institutes of Health recently admitted an American doctor exposed to the virus while volunteering in Sierra Leone. Four other patients have been treated at hospitals in Georgia and Nebraska.

Star-Telegram reporters Monica Nagy, Susan Schrock and Andrea Ahles contributed to this report.

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2014/09/30/6162320/cdc-team-mobilizing-to-come-to.html#storylink=cpy
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Based on the above comments it appears that the patient arrived via air travel from outside the USA(reading between the lines). Why else would the spokesman for the airport be quoted?
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Before they announce the first positive in the USA (if it is positive) they will set up damage control first, send out communications, and prep those who need to know (city-state etc;) so they can appropriately respond to the ensuing media rush.
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"home for several days" - might be quite a bit of contact tracing to do.

excerpt From Dallasnews   http://www.dallasnews.com/news/metro/20140929-dallas-county-health-officials-cdc-sending-ebola-response-team.ece

During a media briefing outside the commissioners meeting, Dr. Christopher Perkins, the health department's medical director, said it was after arriving home from West Africa that the patient started showing symptoms, the point at which Ebola becomes contagious.

"We know at this time this person was not symptomatic during travel but became symptomatic once arriving here and being home for several days," Perkins said. "So that decreases the threat that might be to the general population."
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woow... i also think this will be the news of the day, we probably waited for a month now, and always hoped we were wrong... USA i really hope for your best and that the test turns out negative... anz of us here is near that place? just asking...
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CONFIRMED,,,


CDC confirms first Ebola case diagnosed in US

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The Centers for Disease Control sign is seen at its main facility in Atlanta, Georgia.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday confirmed the first case of Ebola has been diagnosed in the United States.


Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas officials said in a statement earlier Monday that an unnamed patient was being tested for Ebola and had been placed in "strict isolation" due to the patient's symptoms and recent travel history.


At least 3,091 people have died from Ebola since the West African outbreak was first identified in Guinea six months ago.


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Oh no...not good at all
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