A first case of Ebola was diagnosed Tuesday in the United States. The man came to the emergency hospital in Texas and could mistakenly leave. Back on a calamitous taking charge and that could have consequences.

Hospital of Texas he failed in his mission? The question arises on Thursday after the discovery Tuesday in the first case of Ebola virus on American soil and outside the African continent. The patient, who is from Liberia, went to the emergency room of the facility before being sent home by staff. The property in question, the Texas Health Resources, has admitted to making a mistake. For man, before finally being hospitalized, has been in contact with other people, including young children. Back on taking laborious load while according to the latest report of WHO, the virus has claimed more than 3,300 victims in West Africa.
A trip to Liberia

The main interest has landed in Dallas on September 20 after making a trip to Liberia. Upon his arrival on American soil, the man had “no symptoms,” said Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to him, “there is no risk” that this individual could infect passengers aboard the plane that brought him to Texas. For the man was in the incubation period and therefore not contagious. He could not be detected by monitoring the fever carried on passengers before boarding the plane, given the fact that he did not at that moment. In addition, Dr. Frieden points out that the virus is not transmitted by air, such as the flu and can not be transmitted that direct contact of contaminated fluids such as blood or saliva .

What are the first symptoms ?

It was only four days after arriving in Dallas, on 24 September that the man begins to feel the first symptoms of the virus. He then visited the hospital visit. On the spot, he told the nurse responsible for establishing the information sheet that he recently traveled to Africa. “Unfortunately this information was not passed on to any health care team and has not been taken into account in its clinical decision,” says Dr Mark Lester, CEO of Texas Health Resources. The same day, the patient is sent home with a diagnosis of “mild viral infection” and with a simple prescription of antibiotics, says Le Monde .

When Back in the hospital?

The health status of the patient deteriorating, it ends up being transported to the hospital emergency where blood samples are taken. On 28 September, the man is hospitalized and quarantined. On Tuesday, the results fall: he is suffering from Ebola virus . Infection confirmed by analyzes of two laboratories. On Wednesday, the hospital said he was in a “serious but stable” condition.

What about Concern of health authorities ?

From September 24 to 28, the patient has been contagious without being quarantined, and could have infected others. On Wednesday, health authorities were searching all individuals who may have been in contact with him. Among them, “children of school age,” said Texas Governor Rick Perry. For now, the Centers for Control and Prevention of Diseases stated that all persons who might have been infected were under close medical supervision. According to the Washington Post , the authorities verify any symptoms of these people twice a day.

For Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), the patient should have been treated as a suspected case of Ebola infection in his first visit to the hospital on September 25. “If the doctor from the emergency department had asked this person about his travel history and the latter told him to come back to West Africa, it would have taken a huge wake-up call.”