[Ed. – Paging Dr. Gregory House. So do we quarantine everyone, as New Jersey still plans to (as of this writing)? Or do we take patients’ word for it, and let them stagger around exposing whole neighborhoods to Ebola while authorities and medical workers dither?]
An emergency room nurse who treated Thomas Eric Duncan said in an interview broadcast Sunday night that the first person to die of Ebola in the U.S. was not honest about his exposure to the deadly virus.
Sidia Rose told “60 Minutes” that Duncan said during his second trip to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas that he had not been in contact with anyone who had been sick.
“I explained to him, ‘We are under the impression that you may have been exposed to Ebola.’ And I said, ‘Where are you from?’ And he told me Liberia,” she said.
“And I asked ‘Have you been in contact with anyone who’s been sick?’ ”
“No. He said no,” Rose said.
Rose said Duncan then told her that his family had suffered a loss in Liberia. Duncan added that his daughter, who had died in childbirth, did not have Ebola, however.
Rose said Duncan later denied that story, about his travels and the death of his pregnant daughter, to Texas state health officials.