First confirmed case of Ebola confirmed in the United States: CDC
The United States has one confirmed case of Ebola, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday, marking the first domestic appearance of the deadly virus that has ravaged swaths of continental Africa.
In early September, four U.S. aid workers treating the outbreak in Africa were diagnosed there, and transported back to the U.S. for treatment after falling ill. This case, however, is the first known in which a citizen was stricken by the virus and diagnosed domestically.
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas officials said in a statement earlier Monday that an unnamed patient was being tested for Ebola and had been placed in “strict isolation” due to the patient’s symptoms and recent travel history.
The CDC will host a press conference at its Atlanta headquarters at 5:30 p.m. ET.
In recent days, global health professionals have warned that the strain of Ebola was becoming more virulent, and that governments around the world needed to step up their response. The World Health Organization has estimated that at least 3,000 have died since the first outbreak was identified in Guinea six months ago, and more than 6,500 cases have been confirmed.
Last week, the head of Doctors Without Borders told the United Nations that the virus “is winning.” Separately, the CDC warned that between 550,000 and 1.4 million people in West Africa could be infected with Ebola by January 2015.
News of the virus’ appearance sent the share prices of key biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies skyrocketing in after-hours trading.BioCryst Pharma shot up 15 percent in after-market trading, whileTekmira soared by nearly 17 percent.