It is almost a month now since Thomas Eric Duncan appeared at the emergency room of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, was sent home after evaluation, and returned two days later with symptoms of Ebola. On Monday, his family and the health workers who treated him at the hospital were released from quarantine, with none having fallen ill.
But if you’ve been paying any attention to the Ebola news, you’ll know that the story is far from over, with one nurse who took care of him in Dallas now hospitalized at NIH (and upgraded to good condition Tuesday) and the other at Emory University, where the aid workers who fell ill in Africa also received treatment and recovered. Duncan remains the only person who came to the US with Ebola but not already identified and under medical care.
Given our nationwide reaction, though, you might think we have had as many cases as West Africa.