Texas Ebola patient was released despite having just returned from Liberia
According to health officials in Texas, the first patient to be diagnosed with the deadly Ebola virus outside of Africa told medical staff that he recently traveled from Liberia, but was not admitted to a hospital until he returned two days later.
Thomas Duncan first travelled to the United States on September 20 on connecting United slight from Brussels to the Dulles International Airport in Virginia, and from there to the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Authorities claim that he was not symptomatic at the time and, therefore, posed no health danger to other passengers.
However, when Mr. Duncan did begin to experience symptoms, doctors reportedly failed to notice the signs. He was first checked in to the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital on Friday complaining of fever and abdominal pain. He then told a nurse that he had flown from Liberia to Texas, but “this detail was not shared with everyone treating him.”
Mr. Duncan was admitted to the hospital when he returned two days later in a condition that was described as serious, but stable. Officials say that they are monitoring between 12 and 18 people who may have come into contact with Mr. Duncan, including 5 school-age children and three members of the Dallas-Fort Worth ambulance crew that transported him to the hospital.
“When the ambulance came his whole family were all screaming, he got outside and he was throwing up all over the place. When he was throwing up he was trying to walk and he couldn’t walk,” Mesud Osmanovic, a 21-year-old manual laborer who watched Mr. Duncan being taken to the hospital, said.
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