First Ebola Case Diagnosed in the U.S

The CDC has confirmed that the first case of Ebola was diagnosed in the United States. The patient developed symptoms about four days after arriving in the U.S. on September 20 after traveling from Liberia to Dallas, Texas. On September 24, the patient fell ill and sought medical care at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas on September 26. He developed symptoms consistent with Ebola and was admitted to the hospital on September 28. Based on the patients’ travel history and symptoms the CDC suggested testing for Ebola. The medical facility isolated the patient and sent specimens for testing to the CDC and to a Texas lab participating in the CDC’s Laboratory Response Network. The CDC and the Texas Health Department reported the laboratory test results to the medical center and informed the patient. A CDC team is being dispatched to Dallas to assist with the investigation. Read more. View updates on CDC’s website.

Ebola Resources    

Read the NJ DOH Memo, CDC Update, CDC Key Messages, Clinical Guidelines for Initial Evaluation of Suspect Cases of Ebola, and a guidance document on unaccompanied children from the Southern U.S. border. Other important Ebola information can be found on the NJ DOH website.

Check out MSNJ’s blog for more resources.

About MSNJ

Founded in 1766, the Medical Society of New Jersey is the oldest professional society in the United States. The organization and its dues-paying members are dedicated to a healthy New Jersey, working to ensure the sanctity of the physician–patient relationship. In representing all medical disciplines, MSNJ advocates for the rights of patients and physicians alike, for the delivery of the highest quality medical care. This allows response to the patients’ individual, varied needs, in an ethical and compassionate environment, in order to create a healthy Garden State and healthy citizens.

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