City of Dallas on high readiness after first Ebola case in U.S.


Sept. 30, 2014

City of Dallas on high readiness after first Ebola case in U.S.

Dallas - The City of Dallas has activated their Emergency Operations Center and is on Level 2: High Readiness after receiving confirmation that Dallas has the first diagnosed Ebola case in the nation.

The Dallas Fire Rescue EMS crew that transported the patient Sunday morning took all safety precautions and has been quarantined according to CDC and Dallas County Health guidelines. 

The City is working closely with Dallas County Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control after the unnamed patient at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas was confirmed to have the virus at 3:32 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. The person moved to Dallas from Liberia a week ago. 

The CDC is working with other U.S. government agencies, the World Health Organization (WHO), and other domestic and international partners in an international response to the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa.  To date, the CDC and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response have developed five checklists that provide practical and specific suggestions to ensure multiple sectors of the healthcare system (including hospitals, healthcare providers, emergency medical services, and healthcare coalitions) are able to detect possible Ebola cases, protect your employees, and respond appropriately. All checklists are available at under the "Preparedness and Response" section.