INTERVIEW: CDC Head on What's Being Done After First U.S. Ebola Case
CDC director Tom Frieden today discussed the first case of Ebola that has been diagnosed in the United States.
Frieden explained that the affected individual left Liberia on Sept. 19 and arrived in the U.S. on Sept. 20. He had no symptoms at this point.
Around Sept. 24, the individual began to develop symptoms, sought care on Sept. 26 and was admitted to a Dallas, Texas, hospital on Sept. 28, where the patient was placed in isolation.
Today, the CDC received specimens from the individual, which tested positive for Ebola.
Frieden said that officials will care for the patient and maximize the chances that the patient might recover. He also said that officials will identify all people who may have had contact with the Ebola patient and will monitor those persons for 21 days to see if they develop fevers.
“The bottom line here is that I have no doubt that we will control this importation or this case of Ebola so that it does not spread widely in this country,” he said.
UPDATE: Frieden spoke to Steve Doocy this morning and was asked why flights into the United States from Liberia and other West African nations have not been halted.
He said CDC teams are on the ground screening travelers for signs of Ebola. Doocy asked how those screenings take place.
Frieden said there is a questionnaire for travelers, as well as screeners who measure body temperatures two or three times with handheld thermometers.
He said a nine-person team is in Dallas, trying to identify every person that this man came in contact with and monitor them for three weeks.
Watch his initial remarks above and his appearance on "Fox and Friends" below.