Multiple school age children in Texas may have been exposed to Ebola by the first patient diagnosed with the virus in the United States.
Officials State that the children had contact with the patient and are being monitored at home, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said in a press conference.
“Let me assure you, these children have been identified and are being monitored,” the governor said.
Five students who were exposed to the patient went to four different schools earlier in the week, but had no symptoms, officials said
Ebola has a two to twenty-one day incubation period. It is widely believed that it can only be transmitted via bodily fluids and only after symptoms have manifested themselves.
The problem with viruses such as Ebola, is that they tend to mutate rapidly, and can quickly change mode of transmission. It is widely theorized that Ebola can be transmitted via water vapor drops, such as those find in people coughing.
The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Tom Frieden, said “an extensive tracking process is underway in the wake of the first Ebola diagnosis in the United States, with special focus on the patient’s family and health staff.”
“We have a seven-person team in Dallas working with the local health department and the hospital, and we will be identifying everyone who may have come in contact with him and then monitoring them for 21 days,” Frieden said.
The city of Dallas, which has activated its Emergency Operations Center on “Level 2: High Readiness,” said, “We are currently evaluating 12-18 people that the patient confirmed to have the Ebola virus was in contact with.”
In addition, the three ambulance crew members that brought the patient to the hospital were tested for Ebola. The tests were negative, but the crew members were sent home and will be monitored for the next three weeks, the city said in a statement.
Frieden believes the disease will be “stopped in its tracks” in this country.
The problem is that United States government has a long track history of failure when it comes to disaster, and with an incompetent leaders in Washington, open borders and a fear of being politically incorrect and actually taking meaningful steps to secure either the borders or travel.
Looking back upon natural disasters such as Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Katrina, The recent flooding that happened in July in Detroit Michigan, and the Federal Government is just now calling the historic flooding an emergency, You should panic.