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Sunday 19 November 2017

First case of Ebola in US confirmed

A police car drives past the entrance to the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas (AP)
A police car drives past the entrance to the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas (AP)

A patient being treated at a Dallas hospital has tested positive for Ebola, federal health officials have confirmed.

The case announced by the Centres for Disease Control (CDC) is the first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States.

Officials at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital said the unidentified patient is being kept in isolation.

They said they are following CDC recommendations to keep doctors, staff and patients safe.

The hospital had announced a day earlier that the patient's symptoms and recent travel indicated a case of Ebola, the virus that has killed more than 3,000 people across West Africa and infected a handful of Americans who have travelled to that region.

The CDC has said 12 other people in the US have been tested for Ebola since July 27. Those tests came back negative.

The National Institutes of Health recently admitted an American doctor exposed to the virus while volunteering in Sierra Leone. Four other patients have been treated at hospitals in Georgia and Nebraska.

According to the CDC, Ebola symptoms can include fever, muscle pain, vomiting and bleeding, and can appear as long as 21 days after exposure to the virus.

Press Association

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