Doctors at the Dallas hospital where the first confirmed victim of Ebola in the U.S. is being treated initially failed to recognize the man was suffering from the deadly disease. News reports now say that, when the man first went to the hospital for help, he was given antibiotics and sent home.
According to the NBC station in Dallas, hospital officials say a man who tested positive for Ebola was released from the hospital two to three days before returning for treatment.
A hospital official said the man who tested positive for Ebola appeared at a Dallas hospital complaining of illness but was released before returning later as his condition worsened.
Dr. Edward Goodman, epidemiologist at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, said the man first arrived at the hospital late Thursday or early Friday.
Goodman said during a news conference Tuesday that it wasn’t until the man reappeared Sunday that they discovered that he had been in West Africa.
Bloomberg News reports the man went back to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital when the antibiotics he had been given didn’t help and his illness became far worse. That’s when doctors put the man in intensive care isolation.
The man, whose name wasn’t released, is the first case of the deadly viral infection to be diagnosed outside of Africa. He traveled from Liberia and arrived in the U.S. on Sept. 20, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said yesterday.
The man is being kept in isolation in an intensive care unit. He had no symptoms when he left Liberia and began to show signs of the disease on Sept. 24, the CDC said. The agency is working to identify anybody who had contact with the man and track them down, he said.
Considering the fact that the country’s first known Ebola patient was initially misdiagnosed by trained medical staff at a prominent hospital, many people could rightfully be concerned about the potential spread of the disease.
On “Fox and Friends” this morning (Wednesday), the head of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) sought to reassure people. You can see the interview with Dr. Tom Frieden by clicking on the video above.
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