The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention held a Press Conference today confirming early media reports that an individual, who had been in Liberia, has tested positive for Ebola. The test was conducted by the State Public Health Laboratory in Austin, Texas with the result confirmed by the CDC. The diagnosis is the first of its kind on American soil since the outbreak began earlier this year.
Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the CDC, delivered the news to a sea of reporters desperate for information. He confirmed that the unnamed patient was currently being treated for EVD. The patient left Liberia on the 19th of September 2014 and arrived in the USA on the 20th. Dr. Frieden reiterated that the individual had no symptoms on the plane and only started showing symptoms around the 24th of September. The patient sought care on the 26th and was placed in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital on the 28th.
The CDC reiterated that it was taking all necessary precautions to prevent spread of the virus outlining two clear strategies namely, “care for the patient,” and “identify all people who may have had contact.” Furthermore the CDC stressed that the general public was not in any immediate danger but did caution that contact with the individual could make infection with Ebola “possible.”
Dr. Frieden also said that there was “no doubt that we will control this importation…” and also inspired confidence by saying, “…we will stop it here”. In an earlier statement, the Texas Department of State Health Services said they were taking all necessary “infection control measures.”