Family try to break out of isolation at virus victim’s apartment as visitors come and go, up to 100 may be exposed and even cop cars are in quarantine

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The quarantined family members of Ebola sufferer Thomas Eric Duncan had tried to escape their Dallas apartment after being told they had to stay inside because they were at risk, having been around Mr Duncan while he was contagious

Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian national who had traveled to the U.S. from Liberia on September 20 to visit family, has been quarantined at a Dallas hospital for Ebola. He allegedly lied on airport forms asking if he hd come in contact with someone suffering from Ebola 

Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian national who had traveled to the U.S. from Liberia on September 20 to visit family, has been quarantined at a Dallas hospital for Ebola. He allegedly lied on airport forms asking if he hd come in contact with someone suffering from Ebola

The four schools affected introduced safety measures on Wednesday including cleaning teams and extra nurses to monitor any students suffering from fever or flu-like symptoms

The four schools affected introduced safety measures on Wednesday including cleaning teams and extra nurses to monitor any students suffering from fever or flu-like symptoms

An unidentified man exits the apartment under quarantine for Ebola today to pick up food that was delivered by The Red Cross in Dallas, Texas. The young man is wearing a shirt that reads: 'YOLO, you only live once'

An unidentified man exits the apartment under quarantine for Ebola today to pick up food that was delivered by The Red Cross in Dallas, Texas. The young man is wearing a shirt that reads: ‘YOLO, you only live once’

An unidentified male peeks his head through a curtain inside the apartment where Ebola sufferer Thomas Eric Duncan was staying when he became contagious in Dallas, Texas

An unidentified male peeks his head through a curtain inside the apartment where Ebola sufferer Thomas Eric Duncan was staying when he became contagious in Dallas, Texas

On Thursday afternoon, it was revealed that four sheriff’s deputies, a health director and a doctor, went into the quarantined apartment without protection, NBC5 reported.

Two Douglas County Sheriff’s Office patrol cars have now been cordoned off and the deputies have been told to seal their uniforms in bags and go home.

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  • A woman called Louise, who identified herself as Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan’s ‘wife’, spoke out from her isolation
  • Family members initially violated orders and left their Dallas apartment, prompting a quarantine order, Dallas judge said today 
  • No visitors allowed in but MailOnline reported three people coming and going to the home on Wednesday 
  • Four relatives quarantined – Louise, child, 13, and two adult nephews
  • ‘Four sheriff’s deputies, health official and doctor went into apartment without protection on Wednesday’ –  they have now also been quarantined
  • Louise said CDC have not told her what to do with Duncan’s sweaty sheets, pillows and the towels he used while contagious  
  • Hospital sent sick Mr Duncan home on Thursday at 10pm – THREE days before he was rushed in and not the two days initially reported by hospital 
  • 100 people being sought who had possible contact with Duncan – 12 have confirmed contact including five children 

The response to the first Ebola case in the U.S. was in chaos today after it emerged that the exposed relatives of the contagious patient tried to break out of their apartment where the sweat-soaked, contaminated bedsheets and towels lay for days.

Up to 100 people in Texas are believed to have had contact with Ebola sufferer Thomas Eric Duncan since he developed symptoms of the deadly virus last Thursday at 10pm.

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital earlier reported that Mr Duncan had come for treatment on Friday – but the new timeline adds an extra day to how long he was out in public.

The patient’s quarantined girlfriend Louise told CNN on Thursday that she had not been told what to do with the soiled linens used by Mr Duncan when he was ill and had not been given food.

The woman has been legally ordered to stay inside her Dallas apartment with her 13-year-old child and two nephews, who are both in their twenties, as they came in direct contact with Mr Duncan.

None of the four people quarantined are showing Ebola symptoms but Louise, who works as a home healthcare aide, has been taking the group’s temperature every hour.

Among the 12 people being closely monitored were five children – who attend four area schools. Panic-stricken parents in the area pulled their kids out of classes after they received Ebola fact sheets and notes which said ‘everything is fine’. Schools were also scrubbed down and extra nurses brought in to monitor any students with fevers or flu-like symptoms.

The CDC jumped into action on Thursday afternoon, sending a contract team to clear the bedding, provide food and power-wash the apartment complex – a full four days after Mr Duncan was rushed to hospital in an ambulance after suffering vomiting, diarrhea, fever and sweating.

 

 

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Dan Mullin is an active writer and editor for the Pluto Daily who covered the 2014 Ebola Outbreak. Mullin attended the Wake Forest School of Medicine before leaving to pursue his lifelong science goal of allowing humans to live forever via a computer/brain transfer.