Fire-EMS crew in Dallas Ebola transport tests negative
The responders and the ambulance were isolated after the transport; they’ve been sent home but will be monitored for 21 days
DALLAS, Texas — The EMS crew that transported the first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. has tested negative for the virus.
The City of Dallas confirmed the news Wednesday on Twitter.
The responders were isolated after the transport, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings told CBS News.
"We have quarantined both them and the unit itself to make sure that nothing was there that can be spread and we're going about our protocol about how to do that," the mayor said. "We've created an emergency center at Dallas City Hall that are going through those procedures right now. So we're taking all precautions to make sure everybody's safe."
Rawlings also expressed his confidence in medical workers at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital and officials at Dallas County Health and Human Services.
"I think the great news about living in Dallas is you've got a high degree of professionalism both at Presbyterian and at the county level," he said. "I have corresponded with those folks; listened to their plans; and I don't think anything else can be done. Everybody's got protocol. They're dotting the i's and crossing the t's."