Texas Ebola patient did not come in contact with Filipinos, say officials

By JV Villar, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Oct. 3, 2014

DALLAS – The Philippine Consulate assures kababayans that none of the 100 people that Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan reportedly came in contact with in Dallas are Filipino.

But officials say it is still important for kababayans here to stay vigilant.

“On behalf of the newly appointed Honorary Consul of Texas Ethel Mercado, she is closely monitoring Presbyterian Hospital here in Dallas,” said Myrna Obligacion-Carreon, of Phil-Am Chamber of Commerce, “Therefore, ang message niya pos a ating mga kababayan, pag kayo pa ay nakaka experience ng symptoms – feverish or vomiting or diarrhea – do not hesitate. Get to you doctor, call them right away.”

North Texas has approximately 35,000 Filipinos. Health concerns in the city of Dallas are handled by the Dallas County Health and Human Services.

According to Texas health leaders, an incident command system has been established for the Ebola emergency. The main goals are to ensure that no more Texans are exposed to the Ebola virus and to identify and monitor those who may have potentially contracted the virus.

Individuals being monitored will have their temperature taken twice a day.

Health experts tell the community here not to panic. It is spread through bodily fluids and not something you can sneeze or pass like a common cold.

“It is not spread out by air born means,” said Dr. Rolando Solis, a Dallas physician. “In other words, if you stay in a room with a patient with Ebola does not necessarily mean you will contract the disease unless you have definite contact with the patient.”

A 10 member team from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is currently in Dallas. Health officials say it is important to identify potential patients who just traveled.

There is now a health order restricting the movement of Duncan’s family members while they are being monitored.

Authorities say the control of the disease is dependent on the level of education and level of technology of the country. According to the World Health Organization, 70 percent of Ebola patients have died.

But Fil-Am health professionals in Dallas urge kababayans not to react with fear to news of the Dallas Ebola patient.

“There should be no scare about this disease outbreak in Dallas because it is being monitored very closely,” said Dr. Rolando Solis. “I am very confident there will be no outbreak in Dallas, and I think the disease has been contained at this point.”

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  • kikay Pang0
    3 October 2014 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    Never listen or believe to Filipino’s advice … they like to speculate before checking the evidence first.

  • Delia
    5 October 2014 at 11:19 am - Reply

    Between the race violence, beheadings, Ebola threats, illegal aliens flooding our schools and hospitals and ObamaCare creating joblessness and destroying the Middle Class, all the systems of the Progressive idiots are imploding all at once.

  • Mario
    5 October 2014 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    EBOLA is not spread out by airborne…LIAR….”AT-CHU” or sneezed inside the airplane, Restaurant, mall,public bathroom, etc., somebody will get it, you call that.. not airborne?. 3,000 soldiers deployed to Africa to fight Ebola,the truth is the new experimental medicine vaccine on Ebola will be tested on our soldiers, they are being used as guinea pigs,to test the effectiveness on the new vaccine. That is how powerful the US Pharma/Drug Co.to the WH. The Ebola patient in Dallas is an illegal alien, we have to close our border now.

    • Delia
      6 October 2014 at 9:52 am - Reply

      I don’t quite understand how our military can fight Ebola. Do they shoot the stuff or what? (Sarcasm)

  • Delia
    6 October 2014 at 9:56 am - Reply

    Many of us have huge concern about how ODUMBO is handling the ebola situation. Our military have been trained to provide security for the USA. They have not been trained to do humanitarian deeds with ebola infected people just to make Obama look good in the eyes of West Africa and elsewhere. 4000 of our well-trained soldiers, our warriors who offer their lives for the security of the USA. It is unlikely they feel the same toward having to go to the ebola-stricken world. I wish we had a Congress who would force our Constitution on this fraud of a president, and save our military as a result. Imagine a President who has fired nearly 200 of our high officials in the military.