Via DallasNews.com: Health officials: No additional suspected Ebola cases identified. Excerpt:
Dallas County Health and Human services said early Wednesday that no other suspected Ebola cases have been identified.
Spokeswoman Erikka Neroes said investigators, who are interviewing people in contact with the confirmed case, have found no one else exhibiting symptoms. But investigators are still in the process of interviewing family members and others.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Tuesday afternoon that a Dallas patient was the first person in the U.S. to be diagnosed with the Ebola virus.
Federal, state and local officials immediately tried to dampen fears that the patient could trigger an outbreak of the deadly disease.
Dr. Tom Frieden, the CDC director, vowed to “stop Ebola in its tracks” by identifying everyone who came into contact with the patient since he became contagious. Each of those people will be watched for signs of illness, including sudden fever, and if they develop them will be placed in isolation to prevent further spread of the disease.
“This is a tried-and-true protocol. This is what we do,” he said at a nationally broadcast media briefing in Atlanta. “There is no doubt in my mind that we will stop it here.”
The patient, who has not been identified, had traveled by plane from Liberia in West Africa and was visiting family in North Texas. He remains in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, undergoing treatment for symptoms of the dreaded virus. He was described Tuesday as being critically ill.
Presbyterian announced late Monday that the patient could be an Ebola case, based on his recent travel and his symptoms.
The patient’s blood tested positive for the virus Tuesday morning in a state laboratory in Austin, said Dr. David Lakey, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services.
“We have no other suspicious cases in Texas at this time,” he said.