Was The Dallas Ebola Patient Misdiagnosed?

Posted On : October 15, 2014,   Time : 11:05 am

Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian national who died of the Ebola at a Dallas hospital last week, was sent home from the emergency room of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital after being diagnosed with a 103-degree fever, the New York Times reported.

Duncan, who had contracted the virus while in Liberia and was making his first visit to the U.S. to see relatives, was diagnosed as being in stable condition when he visited the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital’s emergency room on Sept. 25. He was sent home with an antibiotics prescription – useless against a viral disease such as Ebola – and told to take Tylenol.

Duncan was admitted to the hospital on Sept. 28 after his condition became much worse. He died from his Ebola infection on Oct. 8.

As a result of the misdiagnosis, a hospital spokesperson told the New York Times that Texas Health Presbyterian “made changes to our intake process as well as other procedures to better screen for all critical indicators of Ebola virus.”

About 12 million Americans are misdiagnosed by their doctors every year, and about half of them wind up suffering adversely as a result.

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Read the New York Times article here.

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