The Center for Disease Control confirmed its first case of Ebola in the United States Tuesday.
The patient is currently being held in strict isolation at a Dallas hospital. Health officials say the man contracted the disease in Liberia about a week and a half ago. He didn’t seek medical attention when he returned to the U.S. because he didn’t begin showing symptoms until recently. The man was hospitalized over weekend and received a positive Ebola diagnosis Tuesday, Sept. 30. Hospital officials don’t believe anyone on the man’s plane is at risk because he didn’t show symptoms until he arrived home. Official are, however, backtracking his travelogue to see if his friends and family have been infected.
Ebola, otherwise known as Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever (EHF) and Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), is not contagious until symptoms appear. Once they do, fever, headaches, vomiting and kidney failure can take over and spread quickly to others. Without immediate treatment, the virus has a 59-percent fatality rate. In some cases, the fatality rate is as high as 90 percent.
The way to avoid contracting Ebola and preventing an outbreak is to avoid West African nations until the CDC has eliminated the threat. Those who have traveled to the region are urged to see a doctor immediately.