- CDC: 30 States Plus D.C. Have Requested Help with Possible Ebola Cases!
by JOHN SEXTON | Breitbart
Thirty states plus the District of Columbia have sought the Center for Disease Control’s help identifying potential cases of Ebola.
The map above is based on a list of those states provided to Breitbart News Thursday by the CDC. The list shows (in bright red) all the states which have asked for the CDC’s help with potential Ebola cases since July 27th.
When contacted for consultation, the CDC examines the patient’s symptoms and travel history to decide whether or not a blood test is needed. In most cases, the CDC is able to rule out Ebola without the need for a blood test.
ABC News reported Wednesday that the CDC was contacted 68 times since the end of last month. In 58 of those cases Ebola was ruled out. In the ten remaining cases CDC ordered a blood test. Seven of those tests have already returned negative, and three are still outstanding.
The CDC did not have up-to-date information on the location of the 10 patients who have received Ebola tests thus far, but reports indicate at least one patient was tested in New York, California, New Mexico, Maryland, and Ohio. Patients in California and New Mexico are currently awaiting test results.
Two patients who were transported to America after contracting Ebola in West Africa were released from a hospital in Atlanta this week. Both recovered after treatment which included an experimental drug called ZMapp. The CDC pronounced both patients cured, issuing a statement saying, “They no longer have Ebola virus in their blood and therefore pose no risk to household contacts or the public.”