For a couple months, we have been hearing quite a lot about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. In the past few weeks, it has escalated into a full blown epidemic. The outbreak started in December around Sierra Leone and has since spread to Guinea, Liberia, and Nigeria.
An estimated 2,600 people in West Africa have been infected with the virus and nearly 1,500 have died, making it the largest Ebola outbreak in history. Other Nations have remained seemingly untouched by the disease, until Wednesday, when the first case of Ebola was confirmed in the United States.
The Ebola patient is being quarantined in a hospital in Dallas, Texas, where he was visiting family. The man traveled to the United States from Liberia, where he was originally thought to have no direct contact with Ebola. He even dropped off a delivery in the office building of Marc Sparks, someone I know.
However, new facts have arisen that show he was actually in direct contact with numerous different people who were actively suffering from the virus.
The CDC says they are tracking people the patient has possibly come in contact with, which is an estimated 100 people. Currently, there are twelve people actively being monitored by Health officials in Dallas Texas, which means they get temperature and symptom checks twice a day.
The man’s family, including his young son, is being held in quarantine inside their Dallas home. Liberia officials are considering pressing charges on the man for knowingly entering an Ebola- free country with a high risk of having the virus.