Originally published October 14 2014
CDC makes no effort to isolate or help Dallas man who was exposed to Ebola patient
by David Gutierrez, staff writer
(NaturalNews) A Dallas man potentially exposed to Ebola has revealed that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have not clarified whether he is allowed to go outdoors.
"The CDC came on Tuesday, the day it was confirmed Thomas had Ebola," 43-year-old Aaron Yah, a friend of Ebola patient Thomas Duncan, said to Daily Mail Online. "They told me that the children should not go to school until 17 October. But it was not really confirmed to me that I should stay indoors. I don't know. Can you tell me?"
"Vomiting wildly"Yah, of Liberian origin, has lived in the United States for many years. He currently lives with his fiancee Youngor Jallah, 35, and their four children, ages two through 11. Jallah's family is friends with Duncan's, which is how Yah and Duncan came to know each other just last month. Yah and Jallah were present when Duncan was taken to the hospital.
"The last time I saw Thomas was... the day he went to hospital," Yah said. "I had seen him after he went to hospital the first time and he was looking fine, he had been just fine. But that day I passed by on Sunday he was lying down on the bed in the room and I asked him how he was. He said, 'I'm not okay.'
"He said he had been having diarrhea all night. Later they came and took him to the hospital."
According to Yah, Duncan was "vomiting wildly" outside the apartment complex before being loaded into the ambulance.
Unlike Yah's family, Duncan's family has been officially ordered to stay indoors after previously ignoring requests that they do so.
"What are they trying to do?"Ebola spreads through close contact with bodily fluids, including vomit, diarrhea and even sweat and saliva. Officials claim that infected fluids must come into contact with the interior of a person's body, either through an orifice or an open wound. It can take symptoms up to three weeks to appear, however, which is why Dallas health officials are attempting to monitor all those who might have come into contact with Duncan, even indirectly.
Yah, a nursing assistant, said that he was getting ready to go back to work when he learned that Duncan had been diagnosed with Ebola.
"As a matter of fact I was on the phone [with Meadows Nursing home] talking about my shift when CDC called," Yah said.
The CDC has visited Yah's family daily since then, he said, but has not given them any helpful guidelines or information.
"They take our temperature and blood pressure but I don't know what is going on," he said. "They do not tell us what to do for food. Maybe someone will bring us food. Or can I use my card to get some if I sanitize it. I know Ebola is in the blood and body fluids."
Yah and his family have not been given any information about Duncan's prognosis or treatment.
"What will happen?" Yah said. "Will he remain in hospital without medication for the rest of his life?"
Cut off from nearly all contact with the outside world, there is little for Yah's family to do.
"It is hard," he said. "The children are very bored being indoors and all that we watch on TV is the news."
"I am concerned. I am worried. All we can do is pray. I can say it is not fair. But what is not fair happens."
"What is the CDC and the FDA really doing?" he demanded. "What are they trying to do? What is the effort -- not just here in America, this is not just here. It's worldwide. What are they doing?"
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