Thursday, October 02, 2014 - Ebola & HFM - WBAY TV Feature

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CDC officials say they're confident they can stop the spread of Ebola on U.S. soil. A man is in serious condition at a Dallas hospital with the first case diagnosed in the U.S. The CDC says he left Liberia nearly two weeks ago and started feeling sick last week.

Health officials are evaluating more than a dozen people he came in contact with including five kids.

In Wisconsin, the Department of Health Services says it has not tested any cases for possible Ebola.

"We easily could have brought it back with us it's very possible," said David Yeghiaian. In August, he went on a trip to Kenya with a Rotary club. He does not have Ebola but the possibility of it was on his mind at times during his trip.

It's back on his mind this week after news of the first diagnosed case in the U.S.

"I thought it would be a little longer before we had our first case in the U.S. so that surprised me," said Yeghiaian.

Who is not surprised is Dr. Steven Driggers, chief medical officer of Holy Family Memorial in Manitowoc.

"I think most of us understand how mobile populations are nowadays that the ability to isolate that to Africa would be a low likelihood," said Dr. Driggers.

He receives regular updates from the CDC about Ebola and believes his staff is prepared if an infected patient were to walk into his facility for treatment.

Given all the Ebola headlines we've heard in the past few months, Dr. Driggers doesn't want people worrying too much about it. He says there are far more illnesses out there easier to catch, like the flu.

"We're much more likely to be worried about Hepatitis and AIDS in his country than Ebola," said Dr. Driggers.

David Yeghiaian says while on his trip to Africa, he didn't think airport screenings there were thorough enough. With this latest Ebola case in Texas, he now wonders.

"What are the precautions the airports are taking in preventing the spread of this?" Asked Yeghiaian.

The White House announced Wednesday that it would not be imposing any travel restrictions, saying the screenings at airports in West Africa are sufficient.

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