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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Another Ebola Case In Texas? (Updated)

In Frisco, Texas, an affluent suburb of Dallas. I think.

There was a massive local response. Details below the fold.

According to a statement from the City of Frisco, the patient claims to have had contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, referred to as Dallas ‘patient zero.’

The Frisco patient has been identified as a Dallas County deputy, who was not one of the 48 people being monitored by federal, state and local health officials because he never had direct contact with the patient.

The call came in shortly after noon from Care Now, 301 W. Main Street, where the patient was “exhibiting signs and symptoms of Ebola.”


First responders are also examining clinical staff and other patients at the Care Now facility. It is unknown how many other people may have been exposed to the patient.
More at the above link.

UPDATE: Sources are saying that this is the deputy who delivered the quarantine order.

UPDATE @ 3:56 PM, EDT, October 9: The deputy sheriff has tested negative! Thank God!


  1. NBC 5 has confirmed the man is Sr. Sgt. Michael Monnig with the Dallas County Sheriff's Office.

    Dyer said the symptoms exhibited were not Ebola-like, but because he was feeling ill and had been at the apartment he was transported to Texas Health Presbyterian out of an abundance of caution.

    "... and secondly it has the words DON'T PANIC inscribed in large friendly letters on its cover."

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    1. FT,
      I think that your comment belongs to the post below this one.

  3. I'm afraid that this is just the beginning of many more to come as Obama still refuses to shut down flights coming into the U.S. from Ebola infected West Africa, because he don't want to hurt the economy? What is left of the economy to hurt?

    1. Yeah, Air Liberia makes frequent flights to America.

      Please stop.

      If we are going to interdict travel it has to be through the visa process.

  4. About Frisco, Texas:

    In 2011, CNN listed Frisco as one of the "Best Places to Live" in the nation. and Forbes ranked it 7th in its list of "America's 25 Best Places To Move"

    More at the above link.

  5. Yeah Ducky let's not panic that a disease with a 53% mortality rate has come to our shores. As Obama assured the chances of it coming here is miniscule

  6. Lisa...Ducky's mantras get overcome fairly quickly: No muslims want a caliphate :-) Nobody's going to die here from Ebola. etc etc........silly, really

    1. Hey, bimbette, who ever said noone is going to die from Ebola?
      I said be rational, think clearly and make intelligent ecisions.

      No Musims want a caliphate?
      Actually, I believe ISIS does. They want us attacking as forcefully as possible, killing civilians just like your dim bulb posters desire and uniting the Sunnis in a war with the west.
      Now, this has virtually no chance of happening but folks like yourself are too foolish and frightened to see past your damn nose.

    2. Duck,
      Please do not address any commenter as bimbette or the like.

    3. Ducky do you use that name because you have webbed toes?

    4. Ducky, of course not. You have said here at AOW's that nobody wants a caliphate....Oh, I KNOW; You said ISLAMISTS don't. And ISIS isn't Islamist, is it. (you're listening too much to your choice of president)

      Re Ebola....who isn't being rational? And I'm thinking intelligent decisions involve doing everything possible to prevent an epidemic here, but ...may that's not rational, right?

    5. Well AOW, z and some on her blog still make references to me. IMP is still particularly eloquent.

      But the real concern is an attitude that is barely on the surface. First a tribalism which the far right has pretty much narrowed to a subset of the American population. Their belief that American institutions, social, economic, public safety and military exist to make sure they don't feel threatened is extremely dangerous.
      Not only because it is so exclusionary but because it also works against those who think they are being protected.

      Hysteria rules.

      The sad thing is that in the case of ISIS (which does not represent a threat to the U.S.) they are very intelligent. They are a small group that is being fought be several groups, all of whom are enemies of each other. All with grievances. And while we chew on those grievances ISIS will continue.

      I noted your reaction to the victim of the Oklahoma murder and actually had much the same reaction. What troubled me was he ordinariness, Just a decent working person who loved her family and was probably good to be around.
      But that violence did find her and we all know there is no way to completely stop that tragedy.

      Police violence wasn't deserved by the man who was killed in the Ohio Walmart either. He had a family and friends and was the victim of hysteria.

      And the more fearful we become, the more likely it will find someone. Maybe not ourselves. Maybe we can deflect it onto some other innocent.

    6. Duck,
      Well AOW, z and some on her blog still make references to me.

      That may be so. Don't whine over here.

      Besides, I well recall a time some years ago when you made fun of me "behind my back." Remember that one? Something about your uncle and WW2, I believe.

      As for IS, which does not represent a threat to the U.S., we used to believe that about Al Qaeda -- until 9/11, that is.

    7. Duck,
      I noted your reaction to the victim of the Oklahoma murder and actually had much the same reaction.

      I hope that you donated to the fund for Colleen Hufford's family.

  7. We going to find out if the experts have been :correct:

    The clinic initially reported having a patient who claimed to have had contact with the man diagnosed with the disease in Dallas. But federal and state officials said there's no indication the deputy had any direct contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, who died Wednesday morning at a Dallas hospital.

    "The latest information we have is no definite contact, no definite symptoms" of Ebola, Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said of the deputy during a Wednesday afternoon news conference.

    The Dallas County sheriff's office confirmed the man is a Dallas County deputy. Piland said he was in the Dallas apartment where Duncan stayed before his hospitalization and had contact with the family living in the apartment.

    Health officials say none of the family has exhibited symptoms and wouldn't have been contagious; the disease can be spread only through direct contact with the bodily fluids of an already sick person.

  8. Not such an abundance of caution, IMO:

    FRISCO (CBSDFW.COM) – The CareNow clinic in Frisco where Dallas County Sheriff’s deputy Michael Monnig was treated for possible Ebola-like symptoms is closed. This after it reopened only hours after Monnig was transported to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. The clinic will undergo a deep cleaning and remain closed until Friday.

  9. Danger, Will Robinson!

    "Patient Zero" in Dallas didn't show any overt signs of Ebola when he flew here.

    Ban all with visas from the Ebola Hot Zone.

  10. Meanwhile, in Macdonia:

    Macedonia says it is checking for the Ebola virus in a British man who died within hours of being admitted to hospital in the capital Skopje.

    Authorities said they had sealed off the hotel where he stayed, isolating another Briton and hotel staff inside.

    A Health Ministry official said the man had arrived in the capital Skopje from Britain on October 2 and had been rushed to hospital at 3:00pm local time on Thursday, where he died several hours later.

    Dr Jovanka Kostovska of the ministry's Commission for Infectious Diseases said the man had been suffering from fever, vomiting and internal bleeding, and that his condition deteriorated rapidly.

    "These are all symptoms of Ebola, which raises suspicions with this patient," Dr Kostovska told a news conference.

    1. From The Telegraph:

      Sources in the Macedonian government say the British man who died in Skopje had hemorrhagic fever but likely not to be Ebola. A second man has been admitted to hospital, however neither have visited Africa recently.


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