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Sunday October 26, 2014
Ebola in U.S.
Contagious Man Spent 8 Days in Dallas Before Going To Hospital
Unless you are living under a rock, you’ve heard the news of the first documented case of Ebola on U.S. soil in the history of The United States.
But did you know the man with Ebola walked around Dallas for 8 days after his return from Liberia before being admitted to a Dallas hospital?
For months, Dr. Ted Broer was one of the only health professionals predicting the likelihood that Ebola would make its way to The United States. Now he discusses its likely spreading and precautions Americans can take.
Dr. Broer doesn’t candy coat the issue, explaining, “The Ebola virus presents a particularly nasty way to die.”
He shares that according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, “Early symptoms of the disease include … sudden fever, chills and muscle aches.” Around the fifth day after onset of symptoms, a skin rash can occur. Nausea, vomiting, chest pain, a sore throat, abdominal pain and diarrhea may follow. Symptoms become increasingly severe and may include jaundice, severe weight loss, mental confusion, shock and multi-organ failure.”
There is no known cure or vaccine for the virus, and as many as 90 percent of those who contract the disease die from it.
What are the odds of Ebola infecting many people in the United States? Even if air travel is contained, could the porous southern border also provide an avenue for Ebola to enter the country?
Up until recently, there has been no case that the disease has ever been reported in the U.S., the World Health Organization admits the current outbreak in Western Africa – which has infected at least two Americans working in relief efforts there – is the worst on record. Doctors Without Borders warns the outbreak is “out of control.”
So far, the current outbreak has infected thousands in Africa with some experts saying millions will die within months.
Recent, more alarming reports confirmed by the National Border Patrol Council, or NBPC, and United Nations that some of the detainees apprehended attempting to enter the U.S. illegally are from Africa – where the Ebola outbreak is thriving.
What is the truth! The fear, the facts & the fiction
Special Guest: Dr. Ted Broer