First Ebola patient in US in critical condition


The first Ebola patient diagnosed in the US is in critical condition even as nine others, who had been in close contact with him, have shown no symptoms for the deadly disease, Hospital authorities have said.

After previously listing his condition as serious, Texas Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan is now in critical condition, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital spokeswoman Candace White said on Saturday.

The US authorities said none of the people believed to have exposure to Duncan, including nine deemed to be at high risk, had shown any signs of Ebola infection.

The nine people who had definite contact with the Ebola patient - including family members, healthcare professionals - have been monitored and show no symptoms or fevers, Dr Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.



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