EDITOR’S UPDATE: A Dallas news outlet has identified the latest potential Ebola victim:
The patient was identified as Sgt. Michael Monnig, a deputy who accompanied county health officials Zachary Thompson and Christopher Perkins into the apartment where Thomas Eric Duncan stayed in Dallas.
ORIGINAL POST BELOW:
A Dallas TV station just reported that health authorities are taking a very serious look at a possible second case of Ebola infection. The new patient who is reportedly exhibiting symptoms of the potentially deadly disease showed up at a health clinic in the Dallas suburb of Frisco within hours of the announcement that Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan — “patient zero” — had died from the virus.
CBSlocal.com reports that this second potential Ebola patient told clinic workers that he had contact with Duncan before “patient zero” lost his battle with the lethal virus.
It is not clear how the patient had contact with Duncan or if the patient was one of the about 50 people being monitored by federal, state and local health officials.
The call came in shortly after noon from Care Now, 301 Main Street, where the patient was “exhibiting signs and symptoms of Ebola.”
CBS 11 in Dallas is also reporting that the new patient checked “yes” to one of the screening questions regarding travel to West Africa.
The facility is in contact with the Centers for Disease Control and is holding everyone in the facility until receiving clearance from the CDC. The patient is being transported to a nearby hospital by Frisco firefighter-paramedics.
CBS News says that health officials in Texas are still developing a plan to handle the remains of Thomas Eric Duncan.
Health officials in Texas are working on a protocol to handle the body of Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person to be diagnosed with the Ebola virus in the U.S., since his remains are still infectious.
According to the CDC, the virus can be transmitted postmortem through bodily fluids. Therefore, the CDC has issued guidelines to hospitals and mortuaries for how to safely handle the human remains of any person who has contracted Ebola and died from the disease.
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