Ebola Virus Confirmed in Northeast Dallas Hospital
Early Tuesday evening, reports of the first case of Ebola within the United States were confirmed in a northeast Dallas hospital.
According to WFAA News in Dallas, the patient was admitted based on symptoms and recent travel history and placed into strict isolation pending confirmation of the deadly virus. The patient is being held at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.
On September 29, 2014, the Centers for Disease Control listed more than 6,000 cases and 3,091 deaths as part of the current outbreak.
The hospital will reportedly work closely with CDC and Texas Department of Health officials to mitigate any dangers to other patients and staff.
Just after 5:30p on Tuesday, the Texas Hospital Association released a statement concerning the Ebola diagnosis.
“Texas hospitals prepare and equip medical staff to handle emergencies and protect the public’s health by developing and implementing best-practice infection control and quarantine protocols," Ted Shaw, THA president/ CEO said. "Hospitals must comply with state and federal laws as well as standards and guidance from accreditation entities as well as public health agencies to make sure they are fully ready to manage an infectious disease response. We take seriously our obligation to safeguard the health and well-being of health care workers, patients and the public.
"Hospital staff permanently stands ready to deliver life-saving care and serves as an important component of any community’s emergency response. Hospitals understand the critical role they have in the state’s health and public safety infrastructure.
"Working side-by-side with the CDC and the Texas Department of State Health Services, Texas hospitals are a key and able partner in identifying and containing an infectious disease outbreak.”