The sister of the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States says he told relatives he notified officials the first time he went to the hospital that he was visiting from Liberia, WFAA reports.
Mai Wureh says her brother, Thomas Eric Duncan, went to a Dallas emergency room on Friday and they sent him home with antibiotics. She says he said hospital officials asked for his Social Security number and he said that he didn’t have one because he was visiting from Liberia.
In a news conference Wednesday, Dr. Mark Lester confirmed that a nurse asked Duncan on his first visit whether he had been in an area affected by the Ebola outbreak that has killed thousands in West Africa.
Duncan was recognized as a possible case of Ebola once he returned to the hospital Sunday and has been under strict isolation since.
Dallas ISD superintendent Mike Miles also revealed that five children from four of the district’s campuses were possibly exposed to the virus. Two of the five schools identified – Tasby Middle and Lowe Elementary – share a campus.
Miles identified the schools as:
- Conrad High School
- Tasby Middle School
- Hotchkiss Elementary School
- Dan D. Rogers Elementary School
- Jack Lowe Sr. Elementary School
The superintendent said students at the schools “possibly had contact with the patient” and attended classes at the schools earlier this week. Miles said none of the students have exhibited any symptoms of Ebola at this time.