Ebola is in America, according to federal health officials

Texas is now home to the first case of Ebola ever to be diagnosed in the nation.

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This is the first Ebola case diagnosed in America, but not the first to be treated here. Back in August, Dr. Kent Brantly contracted Ebola in Libera and flew home for treatment in Atlanta.

The patient, who recently traveled from the U.S. to Liberia to visit family, is currently in quarantine at Texas Health Presbyterian hospital, and had no symptoms of the virus when leaving the West African nation.

A few days later, the sickness set in.

In spite of local panic, officials say the risk of an outbreak in Dallas is low.

“Unless you have exchanged bodily fluids with this individual this is a low risk for people in Dallas County,” said Dallas County Health Director Zach Thompson. “So we want to ease the fear. We’re talking about bodily fluids transmission, not just sitting right here together that being an issue.”

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Everyone who’s had close contact with the patient will be identified and monitored for 21 days — the incubation period during which symptoms typically show up. However, it’s also important to note that, according to the World Health Organization, the virus can stay alive in the semen of a cured patient for up to seven weeks.

Although I’m hesitant to tell you this, because I don’t want you mistaking a common cold for a killer disease, Ebola symptoms include nausea, fever and muscle pain. But unless you’ve recently been to West Africa or shared a French kiss with the patient in Texas, chances are you’re totally in the clear.

Over 3,000 people have died in West Africa since the 2014 Ebola outbreak began; this year’s is the largest outbreak in history. Fortunately, the U.S. is well-equipped to fight the local spread of Ebola — which is unlikely. Unfortunately, we can’t say the same for the rest of the world, where large-scale education and aid are still very much needed.

See also: 5 Viruses That Are Scarier Than Ebola

Source | Ryot