September 30, 2014
The CDC today confirmed that a Texas man who recently returned from West Africa was diagnosed in the United States with Ebola virus.
The unidentified patient left Liberia on Sept. 19 and returned to the US the next day. He developed symptoms 4 to 5 days later and presented to a Dallas hospital on Sept. 28. Texas health officials sent samples from the patient to the CDC in Atlanta, where it was confirmed through PCR analysis that the patient was infected with the disease. The patient has been placed in isolation, and health authorities have identified and will monitor everyone who might have come into contact with the patient while he was infectious, according to CDC director Thomas Frieden, MD, MPH.