Ebola Virus Disease

The first case of Ebola Virus Disease (Ebola) diagnosed in the United States (US) was confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on 9/30/14 and occurred in a traveler from Liberia to Dallas, Texas. The patient fell ill on 9/24/2014, sought medical care at a Dallas hospital on 9/26/14 and was released despite a reported history of recent travel to Liberia. On 9/28/14, he returned to the same hospital and was admitted for treatment. The CDC issued a Health Advisory on 10/2/14 to advise clinicians to identify, isolate, and immediately report suspected Ebola cases to their local health department. Early recognition and appropriate infection control precautions are critical for disease control.

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