The US health officials confirmed yesterday that a male adult who travelled to Texas from Liberia has become the first patient infected with the Ebola virus.
Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed to journalists that the patient sought treatment six days after arriving in Texas last week.
He was admitted two days later to an isolation room at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.
US health officials and lawmakers have been bracing for the eventuality that a patient would arrive on US shores undetected, testing the preparedness of the nation’s health-care system.
Yesterday, Frieden and other health authorities said they were taking every step possible to ensure the virus did not spread widely.