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    Posted: October 05 2014 at 9:02am

Dallas County law enforcement officers looking for man who rode in ambulance that carried Ebola patient to hospital - @dallasnews

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Police, county sheriff’s deputies looking for man who rode in ambulance after Ebola patient





By Tristan Hallman



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10:38 am on October 5, 2014 | Permalink



























An ambulance pulls into Dallas Fire-Rescue Station 37 in northeast Dallas on Wednesday. The ambulance that took the patient to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital has been quarantined, although officials did not elaborate on what that meant. (LM Otero/The Associated Press)

Dallas County law enforcement officers are looking for a man who rode in the Dallas Fire-Rescue ambulance that had carried a man stricken with Ebola to Texas Health Presbyterian hospital.

County Judge Clay Jenkins said Dallas police and county sheriff’s deputies are trying to find the man, who reports have suggested is homeless.

Authorities have not released the man’s name.

“We are working to locate the individual and get him to a comfortable, compassionate place where we can monitor him and care for his every need for the full incubation period,” Jenkins said in an emailed statement. “I want to emphasize that he is a low risk individual and we are doing this out of precautionary measures.”

The ambulance was effectively quarantined last week after Thomas Eric Duncan was diagnosed with Ebola. The emergency medical services crew who transported him has been asked to stay home for 21 days or so. All of them have tested negative for Ebola.

Dallas Fire-Rescue officials have said little about the incident. Officials with other EMS agencies noted that it’s standard practice to decontaminate ambulances after they transport a patient.

Centers for Disease Control officials have repeatedly emphasized that Ebola only spreads through direct contact with the bodily fluids of a person who has symptoms of the virus.

Updates to come.
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ambulances, taxis, cars, buses, schools, friends, relatives, etc....   first world countries are going to have a rough run with ebola as they are so mobile compared to W. Africa.  In W. Africa you might contact trace 5 or 6 people from each case.  Here in the U.S. and in civilized parts of the world, they may contact trace in upwards of a 100 for each one.  Huge difference.   This is already contradicting that "it will be easily contained".  

If we have two imported cases at once - The CDC will be stretched too thin already to contact trace a couple hundred people.

This has been sorely underestimated in my personal opinion.
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Dallas County law enforcement officers are looking for a man who rode in the Dallas Fire-Rescue ambulance that had carried a man stricken with Ebola to Texas Health Presbyterian hospital.

The ambulance was effectively quarantined last week after Thomas Eric Duncan was diagnosed with Ebola.

So, the homeless man shared a stretcher? Or, the ambulance was 'quarantined' only after the Ebola test came back as positive?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but...
An "abundance of caution" would mean taking the ambulance *out of service and disinfecting* immediately after transporting a suspected case of Ebola, not waiting until a CDC press conference.
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