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First case of Ebola diagnosed in US

A sign warning of Ebola in West Africa. (Source: MGN Online) A sign warning of Ebola in West Africa. (Source: MGN Online)
A close up of the Ebola bacteria. (Source: MGN Online) A close up of the Ebola bacteria. (Source: MGN Online)

Ebola is here. The Centers For Disease Control (CDC) says the first US positively confirmed case is a patient at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.

The unidentified patient was on a Sept. 19 flight from Liberia to Dallas and is in isolation now at the hospital.

MetroHealth Medical Center's Dr. Leanne Crisman-Khawam warned about the Ebola epidemic when we spoke to her in July and it was contained to Africa.

"This is really a grave concern. If this gets out, it certainly could become a big deal," Dr. Crisman-Khawam said in July.

Since that interview, the number of deaths from Ebola in West Africa continues to grow to an estimated 3,000.

The US diagnosed patient sought medical care on Sept. 6 and was sent home, only to be placed in isolation 2 days later when he came back to the hospital.

A doctor at the hospital says, "There doesn't appear to have been any significant exposure. Exposure requires blood and bodily fluids. It's not airborne."

A hand full of people, like his family, who doctors say may have been exposed, are being monitored for symptoms.

Officials say passengers on the patient's Sept. 19 flight from Liberia are not at risk because his temperature was checked before he got on the plane and he wasn't contagious then.

Still passengers in Dallas today are concerned.

"It's kind of scary. Right here in Dallas? What are you going to do? Makes you wonder about traveling on a plane now," said one passenger.

The CDC is maintaining, "We have no doubt that we will control this case of Ebola so that it does not spread widely in this country."

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