50 people being observed for Ebola in US

50 people being observed for Ebola in US

Sat Oct 4, 2014 2:41AM GMT

Texas health officials are closely monitoring 50 people who had close contact with a man who was the first diagnosed case of Ebola in the United States.

Health officials in Dallas, Texas, said on Friday that they believe 10 of these 50 people are at high risk.

They are healthcare workers who came in contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, who traveled from Liberia to Texas in late September.

His girlfriend and three members of her family have been ordered to be kept in a Dallas apartment under police guard.

In the US, concern is rising about the disease, which has already killed over 3,400 people in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone in the latest outbreak.

Meanwhile, the State Department has helped facilitate the return home of a total of five US citizens from West Africa for Ebola treatment, and a sixth with a high risk.

There is currently no known cure for Ebola, which is a form of hemorrhagic fever with diarrhea, vomiting and bleeding as its symptoms.

The Ebola virus spreads through direct contact with infected blood, feces or sweat. It can also be spread through sexual contact or the unprotected handling of contaminated corpses.

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