After the death of the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the US, officials in Texas have announced a second patient with possible exposure to the Ebola virus has been admitted to hospital.
It is said he is not one of the 48 people being monitored after having had direct contact with Thomas Duncan.
Frisco City Fire Chief Mark Piland made the announcement:
“This patient had reported that he had initially been in the apartment of the Ebola patient in Dallas and had some contact with family members. I’d like to emphasize that in this time our information is he had NOT had contact with the patient (Thomas Duncan) but with family members who had been inside the apartment.”
Thomas Duncan died on Wednesday after contracting Ebola in Liberia. Itis believed his body will be cremated to kill any virus in his body.
Efforts are now being stepped up in the US to prevent the deadly virus from spreading.
Five of America’s largest airports are to begin screening travellers from West Africa where the current Ebola outbreak is raging.
And hospitals around New York are also conducting Ebola drills, sending fake patients to test emergency-room staff in the proper methods to identify and safely isolate a person suspected of having the virus.