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October 1st, 2014
01:02 PM ET

First U.S. Ebola patient raising concerns

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Atlanta (CNN) - It's a lapse that has Americans concerned and health officials asking how it could happen.

A man who had Ebola but didn't know it walked into a Dallas emergency room September 26. Although his symptoms could have indicated Ebola among other things, no one at the hospital asked him if he had recently traveled, a source close to the case told CNN.

The man, who had just flown from Liberia to the States didn't offer the information either, the source said, and the man left the hospital. A spokesman for Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital says it's investigating whether he was questioned.

Regardless, two days passed between the time the man left and then returned to the facility September 28 where it was determined he likely had Ebola and was isolated. He tested positive Tuesday, health officials said.

The CDC advises that all medical facilities should ask for patients with symptoms consistent with Ebola for their travel history. It's possible others were infected because of the lapse.

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  1. LadyLiberty

    How is this deliberate carriage of a highly infectious disease into our county not considered an act of terrorism?!
    He lied, so it was deliberate and it's very dangerous for us Americans.

    October 4, 2014 at 7:56 pm | Reply
  2. Chester Durachta

    Regarding the Ebola out break I pose the question– can insect vectors and or rodents act as transmitters or carriers of the virus??
    For example, flies, blood sucking insects, roaches, rats etc may feed upon or crawl upon infected material and fluids and subsequently come in contact with an uninfected individual.

    Any Parasitologists out there?

    October 3, 2014 at 6:38 pm | Reply
  3. Marina Huber

    Does anyone know if the Dallas ebola patient's vomit in the parking lot as he was being taken into the ambulance was promptly and properly cleaned? That vomit would be a source of infection for unsuspecting people if anyone stepped in it or their pets ate some of it and then came home to play and lick family members.

    October 2, 2014 at 7:35 pm | Reply
  4. Penny

    What about contaminated fecal and stomach contents going down into the sewer system. ??

    October 2, 2014 at 2:41 pm | Reply
  5. Richard Fritz

    Just watched Ms Burnett interview a gentleman from CDC. She implied that those infected with Ebola may have an incentive to jump on an airplane and come to the US for treatment. Obviously there are series flaws in this line of questioning. First, people would not know they were infected until it was too late to be allowed on an airplane. Second, almost all infected individuals do not have the financial resources to run out and purchase a ticket to the US. Third, they would already need to have a US visa in hand (or US passport), which most individuals in these nations do not. Just a very poor sense of the situation by CNN.

    October 1, 2014 at 7:46 pm | Reply
  6. watchdogmaine

    How arrogant it is for mankind to assume it can control what mother nature designs? Does anyone really doubt that Ebola will spread far and wide before it is done? The CDC really thinks it is God like – despite their many failures in other predictions.

    Also, is there anyone who doesn't realize that this entero-virus that is spreading among children is a created virus. Whether by mistake or intention, this illness didn't "just happen".

    October 1, 2014 at 7:33 pm | Reply
  7. ktdhxujdb

    Important question. Did Duncan already have plans to travel to Us for awhile or dud he make the arrangements after he knew he carried the pregnant woman and went to the us knowing he might have been exposed and could get better care. This happens with other illness..people just try to get into the country to deliver their babies get emergency treatment etc

    October 1, 2014 at 7:15 pm | Reply
  8. Ronald J Herron, RN

    NONSENSE! The ER DOCTOR is responsible for his/hers OWN HISTORY & PHYSICAL ASSESSMENT! All these spokesmen are Doctors and are blaming it all on the ER Nurse who is accountable but NOT THE ONLY ONE. Typical Doctors who blame Nurses for their Faults. And, CNN is promoting this!

    October 1, 2014 at 7:15 pm | Reply
    • Ronald J Herron, RN

      The ER Doctor was responsible for his/her own "History & Physical Assessment" independent of the Nurse. The is medicine 101 providing multiple layers of routine medical care regardless of Ebola. If he was admitted, another Nurse would perform a "History & Physical", and each Doctor would also perform their own "History & Physical" providing many, many layers to gather information regarding illness and travel. Multiple Failures here, from the Nurse to the Doctors, and the list goes on.

      October 1, 2014 at 7:38 pm | Reply

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