Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Ebola Update: Family moved out of Texas Ebola flat

The occupants of a flat in Texas where a man lay sick for days with Ebola have been moved from their home.

Thomas Duncan, who caught the virus in his native Liberia, is now in a serious condition in hospital. This is the only Ebola case recorded so far in the US.

The flat in Dallas where he lived before being isolated is being cleaned by hazardous materials specialists.

The four people living there have been moved to a private home offered by a volunteer.

Louise Troh, thought to be Mr Duncan's girlfriend, her 13-year-old son and two nephews have spent days inside the flat under the orders of health officials.

The family was driven away from the home in a police car, after officials failed to find shelter for them.

Hotels, flats and others had refused to offer them accommodation, before a private residence was offered.

"No one wants this family,'' said Sana Syed, a Dallas city spokeswoman.

More than 3,431 people have died in four West African countries in what has become the world's worst ever Ebola outbreak.

Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm John Kirby said the US could deploy as many as 4,000 troops to West Africa to help contain the outbreak.

Although Mr Duncan is the first person to be diagnosed within the US, four Americans have contracted the virus in Liberia.


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