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US Ebola patient 'flew to Texas via Washington DC'

United Airlines believes the US Ebola patient flew on its airline from Brussels to Dallas-Fort Worth via Washington on September 20th, based on information provided to the airline by federal officials, a company spokeswoman said.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there was "zero risk of transmission" on these two flights because the patient showed no symptoms at the time and therefore could not have been contagious, the spokeswoman added.

The patient, now hospitalized in Dallas, had flown originally from Ebola-ravaged Liberia.

"We are ensuring our employees have this information and suggest that any customers who have concerns contact the experts at the CDC for further information," the spokeswoman said.

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US Ebola patient showed 'no signs' of virus in Liberia

A man being treated for Ebola in the United States after travelling to Texas from Liberia showed no signs or symptoms of the deadly virus when he left the country on 19th September the Liberian government has claimed.

Information Minister Lewis Brown said the West African country had put in place "stringent screening measures" that were preventing Ebola from spreading via air travel and the checks are being regularly reviewed.

What this incident demonstrates is the clear international dimension of this Ebola crisis. For months, the Liberian government has been stressing that this disease is not simply a Liberian or West African problem.

– Liberian government statement

US Ebola patient flew to Texas from Liberia

A man who flew from Liberia to Texas has become the first patient infected with the deadly Ebola virus to be diagnosed in the United States, health officials said.

The patient is being treated in an isolation room at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Credit: Reuters

The patient sought treatment six days after arriving in Texas on September 20th, Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told reporters.

He was admitted two days later to an isolation room at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.

On Tuesday, Frieden and other health authorities said they were taking every step possible to ensure the virus did not spread widely.

US considering experimental treatment for Texas Ebola case

The current outbreak of the Ebola virus has claimed over 3,000 lives in West Africa. Credit: DPA

The United States is discussing the possible use of experimental drugs or blood plasma from a recovered Ebola patient as a potential treatment for a patient in Texas diagnosed with Ebola, a health official said.

Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said it was the first confirmed case to be diagnosed in the United States.

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First case of Ebola diagnosed in the US

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the US.

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas officials said in a statement yesterday that an unnamed patient was being tested for Ebola and had been placed in "strict isolation" due to the patient's symptoms and recent travel history.

Sierra Leone quarantines 'two million' in Ebola fight

A pregnant woman suspected of contracting Ebola is lifted by stretcher into an ambulance in Freetown, Sierra Leone Credit: Reuters

West African nation Sierra Leone has taken drastic steps in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus, by putting almost two million people into quarantine.

The Associated Press reports that With three new districts under quarantine, about one-third of Sierra Leone's six million people are now living in areas where their movements are heavily restricted.

In parts of Sierra Leone and in neighboring Liberia where these cordons have been used in this outbreak, food prices have soared, some markets have shut and the delivery of goods has slowed.

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