Possible second Ebola case in Texas?
This morning I heard WBAP radio report that a possible 2nd case of Ebola was being monitored in Texas and said it was a relative of the first case.
Then a new report from the Dallas County Health and Human Services contradicted the original report. Now they are back pedaling…..
WBAP radio then played the contradictions from Dallas County Health and Human Services – first report vs. second report….people must be panicking because they are pulling back.
But.I was not the only one that heard this- I checked online and twitter and this is what I have found:
Then…WFAA reported that Due to close contact with a patient diagnosed with the Ebola virus, a second person is under the close monitoring of health officials as a possible second patient, said the director of Dallas County’s health department Wednesday morning in an interview with WFAA.
Zachary Thompson, the director of Dallas County Health and Human Services, says all those who’ve been in close contact with the diagnosed patient are being monitored as a precaution. However, Thompson pointed to one person in particular as a potential second case.
Later, USA Today, reported the same from the WFAA report.
Health officials rightly do not want to panic people- but- we do need to know the truth.
My questions are why wasn’t the first man quarantined when he went to the hospital the first time?
Now, two paramedics, who have tested negative so far, have to worry they may have been exposed when they picked up the first Ebola patient to take him to the hospital.
Why are Health Officials not saying where this patient may have been?
Many concerns..but….there is a risk of causing panic – so we must be patient and vigilant to allow the officials to do their jobs.
UPDATE: After hearing that the ambulance that transported the victim was still in use for two days and that 5 children were exposed to Ebola from several Dallas schools before the victim was hospitalized….some more concerns arose for me.
According to a report by CNN, The ambulance that carried the patient – ambulance # 37 — was in use for two days after the transport but was adequately decontaminated, said Dallas city spokeswoman Sana Syed.
“I do want to stress that the paramedics followed national standards, as they do after each transport, in decontaminating the ambulance,” she said. “The Dallas County health department has confirmed that paramedics did follow proper guidelines to avoid contaminating additional patients.”
According to NBC, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and other officials told a news conference Wednesday that the man with the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States had contact up to 18 people, including “some school-age children.”
“The children have been identified and they are being monitored,” the governor said.
Dr. Christopher Perkins, with the Dallas Dept. of Health and Human Services, said that there were five people in the patient’s immediate household and then about 12-18 other “contacts” — including an ambulance crew — all of whom would be monitored closely for 21 days.
Officials said five students at four different schools, two elementary schools, a middle school and a high school, had had contact with the patient over the weekend. They are currently being “monitored” at home, but are not quarantined. The schools are still open.
I have a question that no reporter has asked on the Dallas Ebola patient. What about human waste ? What did he do the days the hospital sent him home? The reason I ask is that when Matt at NBC Today show interviewed the SIM missionary who survived I recall that those docs specifically said they had to contain all his bodily fluids and waste. So….is Ebola infectious once it is flushed down the toilet?
So…I checked… at about 30:00 one of the docs tells Mat Lauer that they cannot flush the Ebola patient’s waste down the toilet…..so what did the Dallas patient do b4 the hospital? The hospital’s protocol’s begin at 26:00