CDC Confirms First Case Of Ebola Diagnosed In U.S.

Officials with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have confirmed that a Liberian man visiting family in America has been diagnosed with the Ebola virus, making it the first diagnosis of the deadly disease on U.S. soil. In a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, CDC Director Thomas Frieden explained that the unnamed individual arrived in the United States on September 20, but exhibited no symptoms of the virus. It was not until four or five days later that the man began feeling ill, and on Friday, he went to the hospital for help. He was officially admitted to Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Texas on Sunday, and tests were performed today that were found to be positive for the Ebola virus. “We received in our laboratory today specimens from the individual, tested them and they tested positive for Ebola,” Frieden said. “The State of Texas also operates a laboratory that found the same results.”

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