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article imageTexas Ebola patient contact missing, sought by authorities

By Karla Lant     Oct 5, 2014 in Health
Dallas - Dallas authorities are trying to find Michael Lively, a homeless man who might have had contact with the lone Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S. Lively is identified as a “low-risk” contact, was last monitored October 4th, and is now missing.
Dallas authorities are trying to find Michael Lively, a homeless man who might have had contact with the lone Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S. Lively is identified as a “low-risk” contact, but according to contact tracing protocol, he must be located. He was last monitored yesterday, October 4th, and is now missing.
Dallas County Judge Clay Lewis Jenkins stressed that the search is precautionary and that Lively has not committed a crime. “We are working to locate the individual and get him to a comfortable, compassionate place where we can monitor him and care for his every need for the full incubation period,” Jenkins said. The Dallas authorities did not release his identity at that time.
Local CBS Dallas reporter J.D. Miles tweeted that authorities described Lively as a “panhandler,” and also tweeted Lively's name and photo.
Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said that the person, later identified as Lively, was among 38 people who may have had contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, the Texas Ebola patient. Friedan explained that 114 people were originally suspected of possible contact, but 66 of those did not. There are ten people who definitely had contact with Mr. Duncan: seven healthcare workers and three “family or community contacts.”
The 38 others are people who are not suspected of having contact, but cannot yet be ruled out. Therefore, it is critical that they be monitored for fever: “That is how we stopped every outbreak in the world with Ebola,” Frieden said.
Head of the Allergy and Infectious Diseases Institutes at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Dr. Anthony Fauci said on CBS' “Face the Nation”:
“I would not be surprised if one of the people who came into direct contact with Mr. Duncan when he was ill will get Ebola. You can't say. You can't put a number on it. It's impossible to do that. But there certainly is a risk.”
Meanwhile, officials from the CDC say that the agency is receiving hundreds of calls about Ebola—around 800, up from the previous rate of about 50—every day.
Texas has not reported any additional cases of Ebola, and according to Dr. David Lakey, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Service, no one else has reported any symptoms. Dr. Lakey added that the state is “still very cautious to make sure we care for individuals and monitor the situation the way it needs to be done.”
Mr. Duncan's health has worsened, and he is reportedly too weak to speak to his family over the phone. Saturday, October 4th he was in critical condition.
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