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Dallas Officials Looking For Missing "Low Risk" Potential Ebola Patient As CDC 'Almost' Admit Ebola Is Airborne

The good news - CDC Director Frieden says the Ebola outbreak in Nigeria 'may' be over (but can't yet give "all clear").

The bad news - the US Ebola patient has taken a turn for the worse; Dallas officials are looking for a missing homeless man who may have Ebola contact; and CDC Director Frieden warned that "in theory, a sneeze or cough could spread the virus from someone experiencing Ebola symptoms."

 

The 'Good' News...

  • *EBOLA OUTBREAK IN NIGERIA MAY BE OVER, CDC'S FRIEDEN SAYS
  • *CDC CAN'T YET GIVE ALL CLEAR IN NIGERIA OVER EBOLA
  • *NO MORE EBOLA CASES REPORTED IN DALLAS, COMMISSIONER SAYS

The 'Meh' News...

  • *FRIEDEN SAYS THERE IS `UNDERSTANDABLE' EBOLA FEAR IN U.S.
  • *FRIEDEN SAYS CDC'S TOP PRIORITY IS TO PROTECT AMERICANS
  • *FRIEDEN SAYS SITUATION IN WEST AFRICA REMAINS `FLUID'
  • *TEXAS HEALTH OFFICIALS WANT HOSPITALS ON `HIGH ALERT' FOR EBOLA
  • *CDC'S FRIEDEN SAYS 2 EXPERIMENTAL DRUGS MAY HELP FIGHT EBOLA

The 'Bad News...

  • *DALLAS OFFICIALS LOOKING FOR MAN WHO MAY HAVE HAD EBOLA CONTACT
  • *DALLAS OFFICIALS SAY MAN IS CONSIDERED `LOW RISK'
  • *FRIEDEN SAYS MISSING PERSON BEING SOUGHT WAS CHECKED YESTERDAY
  • *TEXAS HEALTH COMMISSIONER SAYS MAN BEING SOUGHT IS HOMELESS

And

  • *JENKINS SAY PEOPLE WORRIED ABOUT EBOLA SHOULD GET CHECKED
  • *CDC REALIZES U.S. EBOLA PATIENT HAS TAKEN TURN FOR WORSE

As CBC reports,

Officials in Texas are looking for a homeless man who may have had contact with an Ebola patient hospitalized in Dallas. The man, who walked away from a health facility Saturday after having his temperature tested, is considered at low risk.

 

"We have a great place for him to stay and we can attend to his every need. We just need him to be a hero to his community and to come forward," Clay Lewis Jenkins, Dallas County judge, said at a news conference Sunday.

 

Jenkins added that police and other public officials are looking for the man.

 

Health officials say the man, whose name has not been released, may have had contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, the Ebola patient who is now "fighting for his life" after his condition worsened from serious to critical on Saturday.

and - it appears Ebola can spread by more than just direct contact with bodily fluids... (via The Hill)

Frieden acknowledged Thursday that Ebola would pose a risk to the United States until the epidemic stops in West Africa.

 

"The plain truth is that we can't make the risk zero until the outbreak is controlled," he said. ??"What we can do is minimize that risk... by working to ensure that there are no more individuals that will be exposed [here]."

 

??Frieden also said that, in theory, a sneeze or cough could spread the virus from someone experiencing Ebola symptoms. ??Officials had previously downplayed this possibility, focusing on direct contact with bodily fluids. ??

 

"There are certainly theoretical situations where someone sneezes... and you touch your eyes or mouth or nose," and catch the virus from any transmitted particles, he said. "[But] realistically you can say what may be theoretically possible as opposed to what actually happens in the real world," he added.

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But apart from that - "contained"

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How contagious is Ebola?
Less than you'd think. (NPR) pic.twitter.com/YMKXzANidq

— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer)