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October 17, 2017

A suspected case of Ebola was in my backyard and two cases confirmed in my city

Ebola imageUPDATE 10/12: The local sheriff’s deputy who went into the home of patient zero has tested NEGATIVE for Ebola after scaring the snot of me and the rest of my neighbors.

However, the CDC today confirmed Ebola in a Dallas nurse who cared for patient zero. Dallas media report the nurse was wearing the required protective gear; however, the CDC is saying she contracted the virus because she breached protocol. The nurse has no idea what she did wrong.
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It’s in my neighborhood.

I pass it on my way to the grocery store.

The horrific virus that kills nearly half of its victims.

Ebola.

Dallas news outlets just announced a suspected case of the deadly pathogen has been reported at the little minor medical clinic where parents bring kids for summer camp physicals.

The same place that sews up fingers when they’re cut by paring knives.

The same place that tells you your swollen ankle isn’t broken, just sprained, after you trip over toys left on the stairs.

According to the media reports, Dallas County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Michael Monnig went to the clinic this morning because he was not feeling well. Monnig is one of the deputies who went to the home of patient-zero, Thomas Eric Duncan. He was sent to get a quarantine order signed. Without protective gear.

Duncan died this morning at a Dallas hospital and members of his family are in quarantine.

The media say Monnig is not showing “all the signs of Ebola,” which I’m not sure is comforting news. It will take up to 48 hours to get the results of his blood test.

I am hoping the deputy just has a monster of a stomach bug that works its way through his system in just a few days. My reasons are both altruistic and selfish. I don’t want this man and his family to go through this excruciating nightmare, and I ‘m a little freaked out my family could be at risk. This is way too close to home, and there is nothing I can do.

I know Monnig lived nearby, but I don’t know who he had contact with. Did he expose a child to the virus? Is that kid going to school with my children? Did he and I cross paths over the weekend?

I’ve heard all the media reports and CDC admonitions about how difficult it is to contract the virus, and I certainly hope the experts are right. Monnig never had direct contact with Thomas Eric Duncan. He merely stepped inside the apartment a day or so after the world knew about the first U.S. case of Ebola. Based on the experts’ talking points, there is no way he could have contracted the virus.

If his blood tests come back positive, the experts will have some serious explaining to do.

My heart is grieving for Thomas Eric Duncan, an ordinary man from Liberia who helped a neighbor during a medical crisis and lost his life to a cruel biological twist of fate. Duncan came to the U.S. to start a new life with a family he loved. Those same loved ones are being treated like pariahs because they were close to him when he fell ill. I can’t say I blame people. Duncan didn’t mean to endanger others, but he had no control of the contagion in his body.

No one has control of this contagion.

And it showed up in my neighborhood.

 


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3 Comments on A suspected case of Ebola was in my backyard and two cases confirmed in my city

  1. I think someone should should be held strictly accountable
    For letting this individual into the country. Probably should start with the congress.

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