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Ebola case stokes concerns for Liberians in Dallas
October 01, 2014 05:40 GMT

By DAVID WARREN and LAURAN NEERGAARD Associated Press

DALLAS (AP) -- The first confirmed case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S. has sent chills through the Liberian community in North Texas.

The unidentified patient recently traveled from Liberia to Dallas. Federal health officials say he is critically ill and has been in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital since Sunday.

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has voiced confidence that the virus will not spread in the U.S.

But leaders in the local 10,000-strong Liberian community are skeptical because Ebola has ravaged their country. They have been warning against large community gatherings where people could be exposed to the virus.

Ebola symptoms include fever, muscle pain, vomiting and bleeding. The disease is not contagious until symptoms begin, and it takes close contact with bodily fluids to spread.

 
 
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