Yesterday we told you about The Ebola outbreak in West Africa and measures being taken in Belize to prevent its introduction to the country. Ebola, which is the world's deadliest disease to date, has prompted the World Health Organization to declare an international health emergency as more than 3,850 people have died of the virus in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria this year. But this morning, 42 year old Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola inside the United States amid an outbreak that has killed thousands in Africa, died. His death was confirmed by Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas where he was being treated.
Reports are that Duncan had been in critical condition after being diagnosed with the virus in mid-September. News of the death of the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S. comes as a federal official told CNN that airports in the United States will begin taking the temperatures of arriving passengers who have flight itineraries originating from West African countries where Ebola is concentrated. The screenings will begin this weekend or next week, according to the source who has direct knowledge of the screenings.
Among the countries considered to be in the so-called Ebola zone, are Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria.
As we’ve reported, The Ebola virus can spread through contact with bodily fluids — blood, sweat, faeces, vomit, semen and saliva — and only by someone who is showing symptoms. People with Ebola may not be symptomatic for up to 21 days.
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