Ebola arrives in America

October 9, 2014 7:25 PM

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Until recently all cases of human illness or death from Ebola have occurred in Africa. There have been three cases of laboratory contamination, one in England and two in Russia. On Sept. 30, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the first travel-associated case of Ebola was diagnosed in the United States. This Monday (Oct. 6) a Spanish nurse who last month treated a priest in Madrid who died of Ebola has tested positive for the disease, becoming the first to contract it outside West Africa, according to Spain’s Health Ministry.

The person sought medical care at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas after developing symptoms consistent with Ebola. Based on the person’s travel history and symptoms, CDC recommended testing for Ebola. The medical facility isolated the patient and sent specimens for testing at CDC and at...

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