A Dallas patient has tested positive for the Ebola virus, making theirs the first case ever diagnosed in the United States. Health officials have not released the identity of the infected individual, however, many are concerned that they may have come into contact with them.
The virus’ incubation period is between 14 and 21 days, so the patient might have come into contact with numerous people in that time. Though it is only transmitted through bodily fluids as far as health officials are aware, the possibility that the virus could have mutated and become airborne is present.
“Unless you have exchanged bodily fluids with this individual this is a low risk for people in Dallas County. So we want to ease the fear. We’re talking about bodily fluids transmission, not just sitting right here together that being an issue,” said Dallas County Health Director Zach Thompson.
A team of CDC workers have been dispensed to Dallas to help handle the situation. The patient, who recently traveled to Africa, is being held in isolation.
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