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Video: Dallas County Deputy May Have Contracted Ebola

October 09, 2014  | 

VIDEO: Dallas County Deputy May Have Contracted Ebola

Just hours after the death of Thomas Duncan, the first person diagnosed with the Ebola virus in the United States, a deputy with the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department was rushed to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas on Wednesday with some similar Ebola symptoms.

Michael Monnig is now in isolation at the hospital, waiting for test results to confirm whether or not he too has the Ebola virus. Those results may not arrive for another two days, CBS DFW reports.

The deputy started feeling ill on Wednesday morning, just a few days after becoming involved with Duncan. Monnig had no direct contact with the first Ebola patient, but he was at the apartment unit where Duncan had stayed prior to being admitted to the hospital. Monnig served a quarantine order to Duncan’s family.

Monnig’s son said that the deputy was feeling fatigued and had flu-like symptoms, which are similar to what Ebola patients experience in the early stages of sickness. Monnig went to a CareNow clinic in Frisco on Wednesday complaining of stomach pains, and told the facility’s personnel about his contact with the Ebola patient.


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TX Lawman @ 10/9/2014 9:28 AM

Why does the media always try to stir up things with hearsay instead of reporting the facts. The Center for Disease Contral said it most likely is NOT Ebola, that the sergeant does not have the symptoms of Ebola but of the common flu.

Dr. Rushdi Cader @ 10/9/2014 9:53 AM

It's very likely not ebola. But the risk is real and cannot be ignored. Should this disease take foot in our country it will have a dramatic impact on first responders, law enforcement, clinics and ER's across the country. If there is an outbreak, I predict that due to fear, our greatest loss will be nurses and other health care professionals who don't wish to put themselves at additional risk on the job. If this kicks off, all LE personnel should make sure they glove up and mask when contacting any symptomatic person. With MRSA, flu, and other pathogens that are out there, it's good practice anyway to wash hands frequently.

The Ebola virus won't live long outside of a host unlike other viruses that can stay alive for a couple of weeks on counters and other surfaces. Thus it's unlikely that this officer contracted ebola at Duncan's apartment.

Tom Ret @ 10/9/2014 10:01 AM

Lets hope and pray that the deputy will be ok and only has the flu. Departments need to have protocols in place so officers facing similar situations are not put at unnecessary risk. Since the administration will not restrict air travel from these most affected countries, I won't be surprised to see this virus spread here. If this mutates into an airborne virus all bets are off as to how fast it will spread. It is obvious that the locals had no idea how to conduct a hazmat
clean up in a timely fashion.

Capt. Crunch @ 10/9/2014 10:26 AM

I hope the officer will be ok. It is good that we take these precautions against this disease. It is also good to help people but we are not going about it the right way. The countries that are affected their citizens should not be allowed to travel here. We(the USA) should export our help to them. If I was president I would always make sure the AMERICAN people were protected.

chr @ 10/9/2014 12:37 PM

Hopefully the officer is fine and just has the flu. If people want to go over and help great and when they are done when they return, they should go into quarantine for the maximum amount of time that the incubation period is for any illness/sickness they are treating. We require animals to be in quarantine before they are allowed to leave the US and into quarantine when they reach their destination. This should be no different. It's getting to the point that the United States needs to protect it's own.

Ima Leprechaun @ 10/9/2014 2:02 PM

I hope the officer is fine. I know most agencies deny any work related illnesses because they could have gotten it off duty but I think they would be hard pressed to prove that in this case. I hope it's just the flu but even if it is just the flu his immune system may have been compromised enough to make him susceptible to the Ebola Virus which if he were not sick he would have been immune to a casual contact. Hopefully, if it is Ebola, unlike Mr Duncan, they will give him the experimental medicine.

TX Lawman @ 10/10/2014 5:55 AM

From the CDC:
As many of you know, a Dallas County Sheriff’s deputy was taken to Texas Health Presbyterian yesterday afternoon. Deputy Michael West Monnig delivered a control order to family members last week but never had contact with patient zero, and thus was not believed to be at risk for Ebola. Hospital officials confirmed today that Deputy Monnig tested negative for Ebola symptoms and he is in good condition. He has been discharged from the hospital and is back at home with his family.

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