A possible case of Ebola is being investigated at Howard University Hospital in Washington D.C., according to The Hill newspaper and local news media.
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A hospital spokesperson told The Hill that a patient was admitted who was exhibiting symptoms similar to Ebola. The individual reportedly traveled to Nigeria and is said to be in stable condition.
Meanwhile in Dallas, a hazardous-materials crew arrived Friday at an apartment where Thomas Eric Duncan, the first confirmed U.S. Ebola, patient stayed. They collected bed sheets and towels used by the infected man before he was hospitalized.
The family living in the apartment has been confined to their home under armed guard while public-health officials monitor them – part of an intense effort to contain the deadly disease before it can get a foothold in the United States.
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Louise Troh, who shares the apartment with her 13-year-old son and two nephews, said she is tired of being quarantined and wants authorities to decontaminate her home.
“Who wants to be locked up?” she said Thursday. Private security guards and sheriff’s deputies have blocked the entrance to the 300-unit apartment complex.
Elsewhere, NBC News reported that an American freelance cameraman working for the network in Liberia has tested positive for the virus and will be flown back to the United States, along with the rest of the news crew.
A cleanup crew hired by the county and state paid an initial visit to the apartment Thursday evening to assess the job. They returned around midday Friday to complete the work, which was expected to take about three hours.
The family living there will be allowed to remain in the apartment during the cleaning. Earlier, officials had said they would have to be moved.
Items from both the apartment and from the hospital where Duncan is being treated will be placed in secure containers and removed for disposal.
The first Ebola diagnosis in the nation has raised concerns about whether the disease that has killed 3,300 people in West Africa could spread in the U.S. But federal health officials say they are confident they can keep it in check.
The confinement order, which also bans visitors, was imposed after Duncan’s family failed to comply with a request to stay home, according to Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.
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