Texas – A Dallas hospital patient has tested positive for Ebola, the first case ever diagnosed in the United States.
A statement sent out Monday night by Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital said that the patient was being isolated based on his symptoms and recent travel history.
Specimens from the patient were tested by a state lab and confirmed Tuesday by a separate test by the Centers for Disease Control, said Carrie Williams, spokeswoman for the Texas Department of State Health Services.
The patient, identified by relatives as Thomas Eric Duncan, was staying at the Ivy Apartments on Fair Oaks Avenue in Dallas. The complex is just southeast of the hospital.
He first sought treatment on Sept. 26. He complained of an illness and according to the Associated Press told nurses he was visiting from Liberia. But hospital officials said that information was not passed along to other personnel and he was released with antibiotics.
The sister of the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States says he told relatives he notified officials the first time he went to the hospital that he was visiting from Liberia.
Mai Wureh says her brother, Thomas Eric Duncan, went to a Dallas emergency room on Friday and they sent him home with antibiotics. She says he said hospital officials asked for his Social Security number and he said that he didn’t have one because he was visiting from Liberia.
In a news conference early Wednesday afternoon, Dallas ISD Superintendent Mike Miles revealed that five children from four district schools were possibly exposed to the virus.
Miles identified the schools as:
- Conrad High School
- Tasby Middle School
- Hotchkiss Elementary School
- Dan D. Rogers Elementary
Paramedics who transported the patient to the hospital have been isolated, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings’ chief of staff said. They have not shown symptoms of the disease so far, Frieden said.