A person who is said to have had contact with Dallas Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan is showing symptoms of the virus, the city of Frisco, Texas, announced Wednesday.
NBC Dallas-Fort Worth reported that the person showing symptoms is an employee of the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office, and had been in the apartment Duncan was staying in before he was hospitalized Sept. 28. Duncan passed away Wednesday morning.
CDC Director Tom Frieden said that he could not confirm whether or not the patient has definite symptoms of Ebola or if he had direct contact with Duncan. The state had been monitoring 48 people who may have come into contact with Duncan, but Frieden said that none of them had exhibited any suggestive symptoms.
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas also confirmed Wednesday that a patient was admitted to the hospital’s emergency room over possible exposure to the Ebola virus.
“Right now, there are more questions than answers about this case,” the hospital statement said. “Our professional staff of nurses and doctors is prepared to examine the patient, discuss any findings with appropriate agencies and officials. We are on alert with precautions and systems in place. At the same time, we are caring for routine cases which are completely separate in operations.”
Here’s the statement from the City of Frisco:
At 12:32 p.m. today, October 8, Frisco dispatch received a call from Care Now, 301 Main Street, regarding a patient exhibiting signs and symptoms of Ebola. The patient claims to have had contact with the Dallas ‘patient zero’. Frisco firefighter-paramedics are in the process of transporting the patient. They are also in the process of examining clinical staff and other facility patrons. That number other people impacted is unknown. No other information is confirmed, available at this time.