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


Source: Elahe Izadi, Mark Berman and J. Freedom du Lac / The Washington Post

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed on Tuesday the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States.

“An individual traveling from Liberia has been diagnosed with Ebola in the United States,” Thomas Frieden, director of the CDC, said in a conference call Tuesday afternoon.

State and federal health officials announcing the confirmed case repeatedly stressed the difficulties of contracting Ebola, which can be spread through bodily fluids or infected animals but not through the air or by water.

This person who is infected left Liberia on Sept. 19 and arrived in the U.S. the following day to visit family in this country. The person, who was not identified, had no symptoms at the time and began showing symptoms four days after arriving in the U.S.

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