- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. traveled from Liberia by way of Brussels, a Canadian health official has told Reuters.

On the surface, the revelation adds a wrinkle to the hunt for persons who may have come in contact with the infected patient, who arrived in the U.S. on Sept. 20 and now is in serious condition in Texas.

However, U.S. health officials have said the patient did not exhibit symptoms during his flights, meaning he was not contagious and fellow passengers do not need monitoring.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the infected person fell ill last Wednesday and sought treatment at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas on Friday. He was admitted on Sunday and tested for Ebola, based on his symptoms and travel history.

The four-day period between the patient’s arrival and his feeling ill, and the span between his first visit to the hospital and his admittance, has raised questions about how many people may have been exposed to deadly virus.

Because of privacy laws, officials are saying little about the infected patient, who was visiting family members in Texas.

However, the CDC said a team of people are tracing every instance in which the infected patient may have had direct physical contact with somebody once he became infectious.

The Ebola virus does not spread through the air. Rather, it is transmitted by direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person or contaminated objects, such as needles.

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