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Ebola arrives in the U.S. as first person is diagnosed with the disease

01 October 2014 [16:25] - TODAY.AZ
A man who travelled from Liberia to the U.S. has become the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in America.

The patient, who has not been identified, is in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.

The facility previously announced that the person’s symptoms and travel history pointed to the disease which has killed more than 3,000 across West Africa.

He developed symptoms after returning to Texas and showed no symptoms on the plane, according to the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC Director Dr Tom Frieden said the patient came to the US to visit family and has been taken to hospital since the weekend.

State health officials said no other cases are suspected in Texas.

Specimens from the patient were tested by a state lab and confirmed by a separate test by the Centres for Disease Control, said Carrie Williams, spokeswoman for the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Zachary Thompson, director of Dallas County Health and Human Services, said health officials in North Texas are well equipped to care for the patient.

‘This is not Africa,’ he told Dallas station WFAA.

‘We have a great infrastructure to deal with an outbreak.’



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