Thomas Eric Duncan, the American patient carrying the Ebola virus is still fighting for his life in Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. His family is currently being quarantined in their apartment but is thought to be relocated soon to a donated home in a gated community, once the vehicle Duncan was in is quarantined. The family in quarantine consist of three men, a 13 year old boy by the name of Timothy, and Duncan’s wife Louise Troh. Dallas officials want to get the family to a place that has a washer and dryer. Clay Jenkins, a Dallas County Judge, was seen on the premises to apologize to the family for the quarantine. He was also quoted as telling the family he wanted to make sure that they were being treated as well as he would want his family to be treated.
The North Texas Food Bank was seen yesterday delivering three days worth of food to the apartment for the family, while in quarantine. Duncan’s wife said in an interview, she was concerned and frustrated because the towels, sheets and blankets that Duncan was sleeping on and using were in plastic bags in one of the bedrooms of the apartment. She was worried about contamination. A Hazmat team has been hired to dispose of the hazardous sheets and towels, but they are waiting for permits to be issued, allowing them to transport the hazardous waste to the appropriate facilities to be disposed of correctly. By law, you cannot transport hazardous waste on the highways without a permit.
It is said that the number of people Duncan has possibly come in contact with is now at 100 and at least 8 children. The airlines have to contact over 400 passengers as a precaution for also having contact with Duncan. Officials are discussing prosecution because Duncan lied about coming into contact with an Ebola patient in Liberia, in order to gain entrance back into the country.
What You Should Know About Ebola
Ebola is one of the most horrifying diseases on the planet. It is highly contagious and it has no cure. According to the CDC, Ebola is a hemorrhagic fever that causes internal bleeding, external bleeding, liver failure and kidney failure. It is a combination of four different Ebola strains. There is a 8 to 21 day incubation period. It is transmitted through body secretions, blood and infected surfaces. It is not however, airborne.
Signs and Symptoms Of Ebola
Some of the signs and symptoms of ebola are fever, headache muscle pain and weakness, and sore throat. It starts off feeling a bit like a cold or the flu. As the disease progresses, the symptoms increase and migrate into vomiting, diarrhea, hiccups, rashes, stomach pain and then internal and external bleeding. A carrier is not contagious until the symptoms become evident. The good news is you cannot get infected by breathing the same air as an infected carrier.
The people most at risk for contracting the disease are the medical staff and caregivers of infected patients. They have more access to bodily fluids and contaminated surfaces such as needles and medical equipment. If you show any signs of symptoms, quarantine yourself immediately and seek medical attention.