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October 2nd, 2014
09:33 PM ET

Are U.S. hospitals prepared for Ebola?

Days before he became the first person diagnosed with Ebola on American soil, a Liberian official says Thomas Eric Duncan answered "no" when asked if he had touched anyone with Ebola despite having contact with an infected woman who died.

Liberian authorities tell CNN they "will seek to prosecute" if Duncan lied on his health screening questionnaire before leaving West Africa.

Did U.S. Ebola patient lie on airport questionnaire?

That's not the only screening process that failed. When Duncan went to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas last Thursday with a fever and abdominal pain, and told a nurse that he had been in Liberia, he was still sent home.

That hospital was supposed to be specifically prepared for Ebola, which begs the question: Are U.S. hospitals prepared for an Ebola outbreak?

Drew Griffin has the report.


Filed under: Ebola • Health • International • News
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  1. wade graber

    I have been in dialogue with Liberians since 1992 and travelled there about 8 times on missions trips. If we were in touch with the Liberian people and their culture, we would know that we are way behind on this ebola situation. It's not a question of should we hold or quarantine incoming travelers from ebola hotspots, but why did we not begin with that action? Pestilences are foretold by Jesus in Matthew 25:7, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't be wise and proactive in dealing with contagious, brutal, viral, deathly viruses.

    October 2, 2014 at 10:17 pm | Reply

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