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3 October 2014 - Ebola virus in the US

Publié par Clifford Armion le 10/03/2014


Obama pledges federal coordination on Ebola to Dallas mayor
Staff (The Chicago Tribune)
Four people close to the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States were quarantined in a Dallas apartment, where sheets and other items used by the man were sealed in plastic bags, as health officials widened their search for others who had direct or indirect contact with him.
In Liberia, an American freelance television cameraman working for NBC News in Liberia has contracted Ebola, the fifth U.S. citizen known to be infected with the deadly virus that has killed at least 3,300 people in the current outbreak in West Africa.
The 33-year-old man will be flown back to the United States for treatment, the network said on Thursday.
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Fear

What Are the Chances Ebola Will Spread in the United States?
Staff (The New York Times)
Officials on Tuesday said they were confident that standard procedures for controlling an infection can contain Ebola in the United States. The C.D.C. is sending experts to Texas to trace anyone who may have come in contact with the patient while he was sick with symptoms.
Doctors across the country are being reminded to ask for the travel history of anybody who comes in with a fever. Patients who have been to West Africa are being screened and tested if there seems to be a chance they have been exposed.
It helps that Ebola does not spread nearly as easily as Hollywood movies about contagious diseases might suggest. In 2008, a patient who had contracted Marburg – a virus much like Ebola – in Uganda was treated at a hospital in the United States and could have exposed more than 200 people to the disease before anyone would have known what she had. Yet no one became sick.
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Opinion

Even germaphobes don't need to fear Ebola
Liz Szabo (USA Today)
Writing about public health can make you a little crazy.
After 14 years as a medical reporter, I'm a self-confessed germaphobe. I buy hand sanitizer in bulk. I haven't touched a raw chicken in years. I no longer eat sprouts or cantaloupes, which have caused far too many food poisoning outbreaks.
But I'm not even a little worried about getting Ebola.
Because viruses aren't all the same. Because Ebola is not the flu. And Dallas is not West Africa.
Unlike the common cold or viruses that cause food poisoning, Ebola does not spread through casual contact.
Ebola spreads through direct contact with bodily fluids, primarily blood. It can only spread after someone develops symptoms, such as a fever. So if you're exposed to Ebola, the odds are that you are going to know it.
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Context

Four close to U.S. Ebola patient quarantined in Dallas apartment
Lisa Maria Garza (Reuters)
(Reuters) - Four people close to the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States were quarantined in a Dallas apartment where sheets and other items used by the man were sealed in plastic bags as health officials widened their search for people who had direct or indirect contact with him.
Health officials said on Thursday that 12 to 18 people had direct contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, who flew to Texas from Liberia via Brussels and Washington two weeks ago, and they in turn had contact with scores of others.
Up to 100 people have been contacted and a handful were being monitored, said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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"3 October 2014 - Ebola virus in the US", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), mars 2014. Consulté le 04/06/2020. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/key-story/archives-revue-de-presse-2014/3-october-2014-ebola-virus-in-the-us