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Dallas Sheriff’s Deputy Under Observation Amid Fears of Ebola Exposure

A Dallas sheriff's deputy may have been exposed to Ebola during a quarantine order, prompting fears of a second patient.

ByTim De ChantNOVA NextNOVA Next

Less than 12 hours after Thomas Eric Duncan, the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S., died in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, a second man has been admitted to the same facility under fears he may have been exposed to the virus.

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Sgt. Michael Monnig, a Dallas sheriff’s deputy, had reportedly been ordered on October 2 to go into the apartment where Duncan had been staying to get a quarantine order signed. He was joined by two public health officials. Neither he nor anyone he was with was wearing protective gear.

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Monnig was reportedly feeling sick to his stomach, so he went to an urgent care clinic in Frisco, a suburb north of Dallas, to seek medical attention. He was later transferred to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.

Marjorie Owens, Jason Whitely, and Tanya Eiserer, reporting for WFAA:

Frisco Mayor Maher Maso said “risk is minimal” from the new potential Ebola case. Frisco Fire Chief Mark Piland said the patient was transported because he had “a few” symptoms that matched those in the CDC guidelines, but not all of the symptoms.

“At this point, I think we need to take every precaution,” Dyer said. “The hospital will get his blood work tested and we will know whether he is positive or negative for it, so until we know precisely whether he has it or not, we need to take every precaution.”

Monnig is currently under observation at the hospital. His blood is currently being tested for Ebola, though it will take 48 hours for the results to be confirmed.

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