Ebola Patient’s Texas Home has been Cleaned, CDC reported
Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have announced that the plan to sanitize the home where the first American Ebola case occurred has been carried out after a delay.
"This is something we expect to get resolved today," said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the CDC reported by Reuters in regards to the inquisitions about the delay.
The sanitation process was originally scheduled on Thursday. However, the cleaning crew was not allowed to enter the premises due to the lack of proper permits. The Cleaning Guys needed to get permits from the Department of Transportation (DOT) that would allow them to move hazardous waste on Texas highways. On Friday, the crew was able to go into the apartment in Dallas, TX and placed all sheets and used items into sealed plastic bags. Dr. Frieden stated that the team also used bleach as a part of the cleaning process.
In the meantime, the patient, a Liberian citizen named Thomas Eric Duncan, is still being treated at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. Four people who have been in close contact with Duncan are currently being legally quarantined at the apartment for observation. Security guards have been stationed to make sure that people are at least 100 yards away from the site. Policemen have also been involved and are in charge of keeping the four people inside the apartment where they are being monitored.
The four people include a woman, her 13-year-old child and two nephews in their 20s who were also visiting. Officials are looking into widening their search for other potential people who could have come into contact with Duncan.
"We're going to break that risk down to high-risk, no-risk and low-risk, and that's going to be the basis of our contact tracing," said David Daigle, associate director for communications, public health preparedness and response at the CDC, reported by FOX News.
Throughout this process, the CDC has reassured the public that the situation is being handled.