Family of Dallas Ebola patient told to stay home

AP_EBOLA_67722520USA Today – by Liz Szabo

The Dallas family of a man infected with Ebola has been told to stay home and not have any visitors, to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

Health officials said they have issued the order “out of an abundance of caution,” rather than because of a high risk. No one in the patient’s family, which has identified the patient as Thomas Eric Duncan, is showing symptoms. Ebola can only be spread when someone is showing symptoms, through direct contact with bodily fluids such as blood.  

Health officials are now hoping to talk to 80 to 100 people with whom Duncan may have had contact. The patient is currently in serious condition at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.

“People may have had contact with this individual, we need to interview them,” Zach Thompson with Dallas County Health and Human Services told WFAA-TV, Dallas-Fort Worth, on Thursday.

“Close contacts are only those individuals we need to do medical monitoring or taking their temperature. So that number is a small number. The contact number now is up to 80 people. [That] does not mean that they are showing any symptoms, but that’s the number of people that has come in contact with the patient,” Thompson said onNews 8 Daybreak.

Carrie Williams with the Texas Department of State Health Services said health officials are “working from a list of about 100 potential or possible contacts and will soon have an official contact tracing number that will be lower. Out of an abundance of caution, we’re starting with this very wide net, including people who have had even brief encounters with the patient or the patient’s home. The number will drop as we focus in on those whose contact may represent a potential risk of infection.”

The local health department had already told the family to stay home. A strict public health control order, however, is needed to make that request legally binding.

“We have tried and true protocols to protect the public and stop the spread of this disease,” said David Lakey, Texas health commissioner. “This order gives us the ability to monitor the situation in the most meticulous way.”

Officials hand delivered the orders to the family Wednesday. The orders legally require the family to stay at home and not have any visitors without approval from the local or state health department for 21 days — the incubation period for Ebola. The orders end Oct. 19. Once the incubation period ends, family members without any Ebola symptoms are no longer considered to be at risk.

The order requires the family to be available to provide blood samples and agree to any testing required by public health officials and to immediately report any symptoms to Dallas County Health and Human Services. Symptoms include fever above 100.5 degrees, headache, nausea, diarrhea or abdominal pain.

States don’t often have to use these kinds of measures.

But Texas law allows the state health department and the local health authority to issue control measures to a person who is ill with, has been exposed to or is the carrier of a communicable disease. Control measures can include isolation, quarantine and preventive therapy. If a person does not follow these orders, they can be enforced by the courts and the person can face criminal charges.

Ebola has infected 7,178 people and has killed 3,338 in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Senegal and Nigeria, the World Health Organization says. The outbreaks in Nigeria and Senegal — which took swift, decisive action to control the virus — are likely over.

In other countries, however, the number of cases has been doubling every three weeks, and the CDC estimates that the disease could affect up to 1.4 million people by January if it’s not quickly controlled.

Contributing: WFAA-TV, Dallas-Fort Worth


6 thoughts on “Family of Dallas Ebola patient told to stay home

  1. These apartments are tied to City Sewers, which process waste water into reclaimed potable water. It is HIGHLY unlikely that the Dallas sewage treatment system can effectively filter an Ebola Virus before it is recycled back to the public. This is why people infected with Ebola are quarantined in a hermetically sealed containment, and their clothes and body excretions are treated as hazardous toxic waste. This is a common sense health issue — not microbiological rocket science.

    It is becoming more and more apparent every day that this pending pandemic (false flag?) was planned years ago, and TPTB want to intentionally spread it everywhere (unless this is being staged to feed the fire of panic in Dallas). Just ask NC.

    1. Yep. It’s a HOAX! It’s all bullshit. I was 50/50 on it when it started, but after yesterday morning when Bulldog posted that article about DART being warned of a drill in October, I knew at that point on it was all a hoax.

      A DRILL = HOAX!

      That’s why I was asking the day before if anyone heard of a drill going on around this time, as I was unable to find any on the net. Thanks for the post, Bulldog!

      Report: “Disaster Teams Were Notified Months Ago They Would Be Activated in October”

      1. “Yep. It’s a HOAX! It’s all bullshit.”

        Correct. This is a major hoax (primarily for controlled genocide). It was also “proven” to be a hoax at Sandy Hook and Boston, but the Fed will not let a word of this be mentioned on MSM and, Connecticut and Massachusetts still proceed in lock-step with the DHS agenda to ban semi-automatic weapons that were never used… in incidents that were staged with crisis actors.

        TPTB are drumming up the fear from several different angles but more and more people are starting to see through their thin veil of deceit and lies.

        Did the illustrious RT (Russia Today) carry anything on their news channels about these events being drills/hoaxes? After all, I read recently where Putin was going to do a big dump of classified data, which would implicate the US Government as orchestrating 911. There was nothing released by Putin that wasn’t already known on the Internet… so, I guess Putin just took a big dump — nothing more.

        1. Yep, rest assured from someone living in the Dallas area right now that there are NO quarantines setup. NO door-to-door searches. Police were out yesterday and today handling traffic accidents and giving tickets like normal. NO CDC or people in Hazmat suits on the ground with gas masks and so on. NOTHING!

          But that’s not to say they won’t try to initiate those procedures in the future.

          If anything, most likely there were schools trying to ramp up more security and fear like they always do to indoctrinate the students and their parents into all of this phony baloney.

          It’s all a production. We all need to keep getting the word out that this is all just a government sponsored hoax to get us to give up more of our freedom for security.

          Don’t let them get away with it!

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