Dallas Ends Ebola Monitoring, Cost of $1M
After spending nearly US$1 million, not including money spent by the city of Dallas, the state of Texas, and the federal government have ended monitoring people who may have had contact with America’s first Ebola victim, Liberian Thomas Eric Duncan.
According to information reaching the Daily Observer, last Friday ended the monitoring period in Dallas, as well as the State of Texas.
Former American President George W. Bush, who lives in Dallas, visited Presbyterian hospital and greeted nurses and doctors.
President Barack Obama spoke via a conference call Friday afternoon, along with Judge Jenkins, Gov. Rick Perry, Mayor Mike Rawlings and the state health commissioner, Dr. David Lakey, praising their leadership.
A spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Thomas W. Skinner, said that the end of monitoring in the Dallas area “shows that the fast isolation of people sick with Ebola and good contact tracing can prevent the spread of the deadly disease.”
However, he warned, “we need to be careful of declaring anything over, because the epidemic continues in West Africa. We want health care workers and hospitals around the country to keep thinking Ebola and to prepare for the possibility of more cases arriving in the United States.”