Here’s what we know so far:
1. The CDC Told the Media ‘We’re Confident It Will Stop Here’
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden told the media that the patient arrived back in the U.S. from West Africa on September 20. The patient didn’t exhibit symptoms until September 24, on September 28 he was admitted to a hospital. Frieden added that he believes the hospital will control the disease. He then reminded the public that “Ebola is not contagious until the patient shows symptoms.” President Obama has been briefed about the situation.
A blood specimen from the patient had been sent to the CDC in Atlanta on September 29.
2. The Patient Has Been Isolated
Dallas County went through a day-long anxiety attack Tuesday, waiting to hear if the first Ebola diagnosis in the nation would happen here.
3. The Patient Has Been to Liberia
It had been reported on September 29 that a patient was undergoing tests for the disease in Dallas. The patient’s identity has not been revealed. The person has recently been to Liberia, one of the African nations hit hardest by the Ebola outbreak.
4. Sufferers Usually Show Ebola Signs 8 Days After Exposure
Symptoms for the disease include fever, headache, muscle pain, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting and unexplained hemorrhage. These signs manifest themselves typically 8-10 days after exposure.
5. Somebody Is Benefitting From This Frightening News
As news of the outbreak broke, CNBC reported that “Shares of pharmaceutical companies working on a drug to treat Ebola spiked.” One company, Tekmira Pharmaceuticals, saw its shares rise 20 percent after the news of Ebola in the US broke.