Some school-age children have come in contact with the first patient diagnosed with the deadly Ebola virus in the United States, Texas Governor Rick Perry said on Wednesday.
Accoding to Dallas officials, five students could have been in contact with the patient at a home over the weekend.
The students show no symptoms of any health problems and are being monitored, according to a Dallas city official.
Perry said at a news conference that he was confident the virus would be contained, a day after U.S. health officials said a man who recently traveled from Liberia to Texas had been diagnosed with Ebola in Dallas.
A Texas health official said the chance of Ebola spreading in the state was “very small.”
Meanwhile, the Ebola patient being treated at a Dallas hospital is in serious condition, a spokeswoman for Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital said on Wednesday.
For months, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been warning American hospitals that Ebola was just a plane ride away. The CDC has urged hospital emergency department staff to ask patients whether they have recently traveled to Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea, the three countries hardest hit by the worst Ebola outbreak on record.
At least 3,091 people have died from Ebola since the West African outbreak was first reported in a remote forest region of Guinea in March.
Source: Reuters, Chicago Tribune