Ebola, a fatal disease found in humans, was diagnosed for the first time on American grounds, September 30th, 2014. Ebola is a virus found in infected wild-animals, such as monkeys, gorillas, and antelope, that is easily transferred to humans. The virus, which first appeared in 1976, had only been discovered in small, Central-African tribes until March 14th, 2014. Then, Ebola cases became present in the urbanized areas of West-Africa. Therefore, media attention was brought to the disease. Now, scientists from all around the world have been dedicatedly working to find a treatment or vaccination for Ebola.
Ebola had fortunately stayed out of the U.S. before last week. Thomas Eric Duncan is the 42-year-old man with the awful virus currently in the U.S. This is Duncan’s first trip to the U.S; where he came to visit family and friends. Duncan first went to the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas Thursday night where he was told his low-grade fever and pains were not symptoms that required admission. Sunday night, Duncan returned to the hospital with Ebola symptoms and was put into isolation where he now stays. On September 30th, Duncan officially tested positively for Ebola. According to sources, Duncan is fine but still in pain.
Prior to Duncan’s hospitalization, he was in contact with five school-aged children at four separate schools who are now kept under observation at home; their schools remain open. Since Duncan is the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S., there is much concern of the disease from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. There is a lot of speculation about the way the first U.S. Ebola case was handled. When Duncan first arrived to the hospital and told the nurse about his recent travel from Liberia to the U.S., an Ebola screening never occurred and Duncan’s travel history was not properly communicated. As of September 23rd, Libera had 3,458 cases of Ebola with almost 2,000 deaths. The CDC is doing their best to trace the cause of Duncan’s Ebola and prevent the spread of this fatal disease.