Ebola has officially spread to the United States via Thomas Eric Duncan, who recently traveled to Libera and was in contact with a woman infected with Ebola not four days before returning to the US. Duncan had visited a hospital in Texas complaining of abdominal pain and a low grade fever but he was quickly sent home as hospital officials did not feel that his condition warranted admittance. “A travel history was taken, but it wasn’t communicated to the people who were making the decision. … It was a mistake. They dropped the ball,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Three days after being turned away, Duncan’s symptoms worsened and he returned to the hospital, was diagnosed with Ebola and immediately put into isolation. As Ebola doesn’t spread through the air, it is unclear just how many people Duncan could have infected while he was out of the hospital but it has been estimated that he was in contact with at least 20 individuals whose symptoms will be monitored for the next 21 days.
Contributor: Phoebe Roe