Sunday, 05 October 2014 - 13:01
First Ebola patient in US in critical condition
The first Ebola patient diagnosed in the US is in critical condition even as nine others, who had been in close contact with him, have shown no symptoms for the deadly disease yet.
After previously listing his condition as serious, Texas Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan is now in critical condition, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital spokeswoman Candace White said yesterday.
The US authorities said none of the people believed to have exposure to Duncan, including nine deemed to be at high risk, had shown any signs of Ebola infection.
The nine people who had definite contact with the Ebola patient - including family members, healthcare professionals - have been monitored and show no symptoms or fever.
Duncan was first sent home when he first sought medical care, leaving a four day span when he was sick and contagious while in contact with others, sparking concerns over how many others may have been exposed.
The first Ebola diagnosis in the US has raised concerns about whether the disease that has killed 3,400 people in West Africa could spread in the US.
Federal health officials say they are confident they can keep it in check.
US health officials were monitoring 50 people for Ebola exposure, 10 of whom are at "high risk" of the disease after close contact with the first diagnosed American patient.
According to the WHO, the Ebola outbreak has killed more than 3,400 people, mostly in Africa.