BREAKING: Homeless Ebola Suspect Tracked Down in Dallas After Going Missing
A photo of Michael Lively, the homeless who allegedly rode in the same ambulance that transported a man with Ebola in Dallas, is inset on top of a general view of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, where both patients were taken. (CBS NEWS)
Dallas officials are searching for a homeless Ebola patient. The man was told he needed to be monitored but went missing.
Dallas County officials are searching for a homeless man who may have come into contact with Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, but they say they consider the man is low-risk.
The man was seen Saturday and checked for symptoms and showed none, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said during the daily briefing Sunday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The man was tested and told he needed to be monitored, but he left, added Dr. David Lakey of the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Jenkins said sheriff’s office and police department teams are trying to find the man so they can “get him to a comfortable, compassionate place where we can monitor him and care for his every need for the full incubation period.”
“I want to emphasize that he is a low-risk individual, and we are doing this out of precautionary measures,” Jenkins added.
The first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S., Thomas Eric Duncan, was staying at Ivy Apartments before he was admitted to the hospital. Dallas County Health and Human Services Director Zachary Thompson and Medical Director Christopher Perkins walk out of a unit at the complex. (Tony Gutierrez/Associated Press)
UPDATE: Officials track down the homeless man Michael Lively at risk for Ebola.
The low risk individual who was identified by our local team as a contact has been found and is being monitored.
— Judge Clay Jenkins (@JudgeClayJ) October 5, 2014