Health officials seek anyone who encountered Ebola patient

Oct 1, 2014 11:42 AM by News Staff

DALLAS (AP) - A team of federal health officials is tracking anyone who had close contact with a man who's now being treated for Ebola in a Dallas hospital.

The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the nine-member team is in Dallas to work with local and state health agencies, and to make sure that those people are watched every day for 21 days.

CDC Director Tom Frieden says, "If anyone develops fever, we'll immediately isolate them to stop the chain of transmission."

The people being monitored are those who've had contact with a man who's been in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital since Sunday. Authorities haven't revealed his nationality or age.

The man left Liberia on September 19th, arrived the next day to visit relatives, and started feeling ill four or five days later.

Three members of the ambulance crew that transported him to the hospital are among those being monitored. They've tested negative for the virus.

Frieden says he doesn't believe anyone who was on board flights with the patient is at risk, since Ebola doesn't spread until the person with the virus shows symptoms.

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