His name is Thomas Eric Duncan. He’s now identified as the first patient in the United States stricken with the deadly Ebola virus. And the number of people with whom he may have come into contact — or who may have been exposed to his bodily fluids — continues to grow.
Duncan, a Liberian citizen, was reportedly visiting his girlfriend in Dallas when he began exhibiting serious symptoms of Ebola infection.
Theblaze.com asks who may have cleaned up Duncan’s reported vomit outside the apartment where he was staying…and what might have happened to the potentially infectious waste material?
More news about the Dallas Ebola patient — the first patient diagnosed in the U.S. with the deadly viral disease — emerged Wednesday, including that he “was throwing up all over the place” outside of the apartment where he was staying before he was transported to the hospital.
Parents of Dallas-area school children who may have been exposed to kids with whom Duncan came into contact are said to be keeping their sons and daughters out of the classroom.
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NBC News tells us that scores of people were in contact with Duncan before he was quarantined in the intensive care unit of a Dallas hospital — a medical facility which had failed to admit Duncan when he first showed up with disease symptoms.
About 80 people came into contact with U.S. Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan or one of his family members before he was hospitalized, Dallas County health officials said Thursday.
However, not all of them were necessarily in close physical contact with the Liberian national, Dallas County’s Health and Human Services director Zachary Thompson said.
That number is in addition to the 12-18 people who had direct contact with Duncan, including some school-age children, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Wednesday.
By clicking on the video above, you can watch the latest NBC News report on the Ebola scare that’s rippling through Texas and could lead to health policy changes across the country.
Meantime, health officials in Dallas say they continue monitoring a possible second Ebola patient there…Hawaii is now reporting that someone infected with the virus may have been identified…and the Obama administration insists it will not restrict air travel between the U.S. and countries known to be significantly impacted by the Ebola outbreak.