Dallas hospital diagnoses first U.S. patient with Ebola

CDC officials confirmed on Tuesday that an unnamed American patient has been diagnosed with Ebola virus after his return from Africa.

The male patient was admitted to the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, where his symptoms and recent travel history led doctors to conclude he had contracted the virus. The man is now undergoing treatment and has been isolated by medical staff.

This marks the second instance of a man admitted for treatment of Ebola in the United States over the past week. An American doctor exposed to the virus while volunteering in Sierra Leone was admitted for treatment at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland on September 28. Four other American aid workers were similarly hospitalized after contracting Ebola, though three have since been released.

Though Ebola is highly infectious when an individual comes into contact with bodily fluids, many experts agree America’s advanced prevention measures and high standards of medical care ensure Ebola will not spread far within the United States.

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