State official: Texans shouldn’t panic over Ebola

WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The state health commissioner says Texas has a strong response system capable of preventing an Ebola outbreak — even though human error is always a possibility.


Health and Human Services Commission executive director Kyle Janek says Texans “should be confident of our ability to get our arms around” the virus.

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His comments came at a Texas Senate committee hearing Tuesday in Austin.


At Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, officials list Thomas Eric Duncan, the first confirmed U.S. case of Ebola, in critical condition.

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Duncan was sent home following an initial hospital visit, despite telling medical personnel he’d traveled in Liberia. He was eventually diagnosed with Ebola.


A hospital official told the committee it’s paying for Duncan’s treatment for now. It was unclear, though, if he’ll remain a “charity case.”

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