2014年10月12日付のテキサス州保健局のリリースによれば、リベリアからダラスに来て死亡したエボラ感染者Duncan氏の看護にあたっていたTexas Health Presbyterian Hospitalの医療従事者1名が、10月10日に発熱を訴えて隔離され、10月11日にエボラ陽性判定が出た。
[Texas Patient Tests Positive for Ebola - News Release (2014/10/12) on Texas State]

Texas Patient Tests Positive for Ebola

A health care worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who provided care for the Ebola patient hospitalized there has tested positive for Ebola in a preliminary test at the state public health laboratory in Austin. Confirmatory testing will be conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

The health care worker reported a low grade fever Friday night and was isolated and referred for testing. The preliminary ​test result was received late Saturday.

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospitalでエボラ患者の看護にあたっていた医療従事者が、オースチンの州公衆衛生ラボの初期検査でエボラ陽性と判定された。確認検査がアトランタのCDCで実施される。


"We knew a second case could be a reality, and we've been preparing for this possibility," said Dr. David Lakey, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services. "We are broadening our team in Dallas and working with extreme diligence to prevent further spread."

Health officials have interviewed the patient and are identifying any contacts or potential exposures. People who had contact with the health care worker after symptoms emerged will be monitored based on the nature of their interactions and the potential they were exposed to the virus.

Ebola is spread through direct contact with bodily fluids of a sick person or exposure to contaminated objects such as needles. People are not contagious before symptoms such as fever develop.

「二人目の感染者が出る可能性があることはわかっており、我々はその可能性を想定して準備してきた。我々はダラスのチームを拡大し、さらなる感染拡大を防止すべき全力を挙げている」とテキサス州保健局のDr David Lakey局長は述べた。



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“It’s basically admitting defeat,” said Dr. Peter H. Kilmarx, the leader of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s team in Sierra Leone, adding that it was “now national policy that we should take care of these people at home.”

“For the clinicians it’s admitting failure, but we are responding to the need,” Dr. Kilmarx said. “There are hundreds of people with Ebola that we are not able to bring into a facility.”

連邦CDCのシエラレオネハケンチームリーダのDr. Peter H. Kilmarxは「これは基本的には敗北を認めたということだ。今や、自宅でこれらの人々を看護するというのが国家政策である。医療関係者にとっては敗北を認めることだが、我々に必要なことには対処していく。施設に収容できていないエボラ感染者が数百人いる」と述べた。

The effort to prop up a family’s attempts to care for ailing relatives at home does not mean that officials have abandoned plans to increase the number of beds in hospitals and clinics. But before the beds can be added and doctors can be trained, experts warn, the epidemic will continue to grow.

C.D.C. officials acknowledged that the risks of dying from the disease and passing it to loved ones at home were serious under the new policy − “You push some Tylenol to them, and back away,” Dr. Kilmarx said, describing its obvious limits.


CDCのDr. Kilmarxは、「新たな方針のもとは、自宅でエボラで死亡し、周囲の人々に感染を広めるリスクが重大であること」を認めて、「タイレノールを患者にかけて、患者に触れないこと」とできることの明らかな限界を述べてい

But many patients with Ebola are already dying slowly at home, untreated and with no place to go. There are 304 beds for Ebola patients in Sierra Leone now, but 1,148 are needed, the World Health Organization reported this week. So officials here said there was little choice but to try the new approach as well.

“For the first time, the nation is accepting the possibility of home care, out of necessity,” said Jonathan Mermin, another C.D.C. official and physician here. “It is a policy out of necessity.”


CDC職員で医師であるJonathan Meriminは「初めて、やむをえず、シエラレオネ政府は自宅看護の可能性を認めている。これは、やむをえない政策だ。」と述べた。

[ADAM NOSSITEROCT: "Officials Admit a ‘Defeat’ by Ebola in Sierra Leone" (2014/10/11) on NYTimes]


When it opened, there were 120 beds available. Within hours, the clinic was already stretched − every space available filled with the city’s most frightened and seriously ill. Somehow, room was made for more patients and currently, by adding beds and sofas where possible, staff estimate the total number is likely closer to 200.


[Stephanie Jenzer: "Ebola outbreak: Liberia's newest, largest treatment clinic already at capacity" (2014/09/29) on CBC]
So many Ebola victims are dying at home because of the severe shortage of treatment centers here in Monrovia, Liberia’s capital, that they are infecting family members, neighbors and others in a ballooning circle of contagion.

Only 18 percent of Ebola patients in Liberia are being cared for in hospitals or other settings that reduce the risk of transmission by isolating them from the rest of the population, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Unless that rate reaches 70 percent, the center predicted this week, Ebola cases will keep soaring.



[NORIMITSU ONISHI: "In Liberia, Home Deaths Spread Circle of Ebola Contagion" (2014/09/24) on NYTimes]
Looking for a new approach to blunt the Ebola epidemic sweeping West Africa, the Liberian government, the World Health Organization and their nonprofit partners here are launching an ambitious but controversial program to move infected people out of their homes and into ad hoc centers that will provide rudimentary care, officials said Monday.


[Lenny Bernstein and Lena H. Sun: "New effort to fight Ebola in Liberia would move infected patients out of their homes" (2014/09/22) on WashingtonPost]
Faced with similar circumstances in neighboring Liberia, where even more people are dying from the disease, the American government said last month that it would ship 400,000 kits with gloves and disinfectant.

“The home kits are no substitute for getting people” to a treatment facility, said Sheldon Yett, the Unicef director for Liberia. “But the idea is to ensure that if somebody has to take care of somebody at home, they’re able to do so.”


ユニセフのリベリア担当のSheldon Yettは「ホームキットは、治療施設への収容に代わるものではない。しかし、これは自宅で看護せざるをえなくなったときに、それができるようにするものである。」

[ADAM NOSSITEROCT: "Officials Admit a ‘Defeat’ by Ebola in Sierra Leone" (2014/10/11) on NYTimes]

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