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Ebola In America: Patient Has Been In Contact With ‘School-Age’ Children

Wed, October 1, 2014 3:47pm EDT by Lauren Cox 2 Comments
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Breaking: Texas Governor Rick Perry has revealed that the first American Ebola patient has been in contact with multiple school aged children since landing stateside. How scary.

On Wednesday, Oct. 1, Texas Governor Rick Perry held a press conference to announce that the ebola patient currently being treated in a Dallas hospital has, in fact, been in contact with others. Unfortunately, there are a handful of children who were also in contact with the Ebola patient.

Ebola’s American Case Had Contact With Children

This is definitely cause for concern.

The announcement was made just one day after the patient’s diagnosis was confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reports CNN.

There is no official count on how many children the patient came in contact with, nor the patient’s connection to the children, but it has been confirmed that each child was identified and is now being monitored for symptoms.

It has also been revealed that the first time the patient came to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital on Sept. 26, he was evaluated, given antibiotics, and sent home without an Ebola diagnosis.

At the time of his first visit, the patient told the nurse he had recently been to Africa but somehow that information was lost and not translated to the rest of the medical team.

Ebola: 5 Things To Know About The Killer Disease

Now that Ebola has arrived in the United States, it’s times for Americans to be more aware of the disease and how to prevent it from spreading.

One of the most important things to know is that Ebola can only be contracted by skin-to-skin contact or the exchange of bodily fluids. The best way to keep it from spreading is to make sure you continuously wash your hands after coming in contact with other people.

If you use mass transit, try wearing gloves before holding onto a railing that countless others have touched. Try not to touch your face too often, especially if you don’t have a chance to clean them after coming in contact with someone new or an item others have gotten handsy with.

It might also be a good idea to keep some antibacterial lotion on you at all times for a quick freshen up. However, please remember that even those lotions are not as effective as properly washing your hands so you should do so the first chance you get.

For more things to look for when it comes to Ebola, read‘s previous article on the subject.

— Lauren Cox

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