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CDC’s Frieden confirms first U.S. case of Ebola is in Dallas

Watch Tuesday’s CDC news conference discussing the first diagnosed U.S. case of Ebola

The first ever case of Ebola in the U.S. has been diagnosed in Dallas.

Centers for Disease Control Director Tom Frieden confirmed the diagnosis in a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

The patient, only identified as a male, traveled from Liberia and arrived in the U.S. on Sept. 20, but did not start showing symptoms until four days later. The patient was later admitted to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas on Sunday, Sept. 28, and put under isolation and treatment.

The patient had traveled to Texas to visit family members living in the U.S., Frieden said.

There was no other information released as to the identity or the status of his conditon, other than that he was critically ill at this point and under intensive care.

While all other patients treated for Ebola have been sent to Emory University in Atlanta, Frieden said there were no plans to transfer the most-recent patient from the Dallas hospital.

The CDC, along with Dallas County Health and Human Services, will now follow procedure for contact tracing in order to identify all possible persons who may be at risk for Ebola infection because of direct contact with the Dallas patient.

Since the patient did not start exhibiting symptoms until four days after flying to the U.S. on a commercial airliner, Frieden said there was “zero risk of transmission on the flight.”

“Ebola is a scary disease because of the severity of the illness,” Frieden said. “At the same time we are stopping it in its tracks.”

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