Texas Sheriff's Deputy Rushed to Hospital with Ebola Symptoms/ Attended Apartment of 'Patient Zero'

A cleaning crew in bio-hazard suits decontaminated the Dallas apartment where Ebola patient Thomas Duncan fell ill almost two weeks ago. He died from the deadly virus on Wednesday

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  • Dallas County Sheriff Deputy Michael Monnig went to an urgent care clinic in Frisco, Texas with his wife on Wednesday
  • A witness at the clinic described him as 'hunched over and flushed' 
  • The deputy was inside the apartment where Ebola patient Thomas Duncan fell ill - the officer wasn't wearing protective clothing
  • The CDC said the person is not one of the 48 contacts being monitored
  • The CareNow clinic was placed in lock-down 
  • Liberian national Mr Duncan, 42, died from Ebola on Wednesday morning
  • Sgt Monnig's family said today the CDC had told them that their loved one was not at risk and they were just taking precautions  

    A Dallas County sheriff's deputy has been hospitalized today with Ebola symptoms, a week after he went unprotected into the apartment of first patient Thomas Duncan.
    Sgt Michael Monnig went on Wednesday to an urgent-care facility in Frisco, Texas with his wife, after complaining of stomach problems.
    The deputy presented at the clinic a week after he visited the Dallas home where Duncan was staying when he developed Ebola symptoms. Sgt Monnig was at the home to deliver a quarantine order to family members. 
    Neither Sgt Monnig, nor the other two health officials, Zachary Thompson and Christopher Perkins with him, were wearing protective clothing or masks despite being in the apartment as cleaning crews were going about their work in full protective gear.
    A possible Ebola patient, believed to be Dallas County Sheriff's Deputy Michael Monnig, is brought to the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital on Wednesday in Dallas, Texas
    A possible Ebola patient, believed to be Dallas County Sheriff's Deputy Michael Monnig, is brought to the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital on Wednesday in Dallas, Texas
    The sheriff's deputy arrives at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital today via ambulance after attending an urgent-care clinic with symptoms
    The sheriff's deputy arrives at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital today via ambulance after attending an urgent-care clinic with symptoms
    Sgt Monnig walked into Texas Presbyterian Hosptial today accompanied by medics in hazmat suits
    Sgt Monnig walked into Texas Presbyterian Hosptial today accompanied by medics in hazmat suits
    Sgt Monnig, pictured, went to an urgent-care facility in Frisco, Texas on Wednesday with Ebola-like symptoms. His family said he was simply taking precautions
    Sgt Monnig, pictured, went to an urgent-care facility in Frisco, Texas on Wednesday with Ebola-like symptoms. His family said he was simply taking precautions

    The day after going into the apartment, Monnig and his fellow officers were told to bag up the clothes they'd been wearing. Their police cars were also taken out of commission.
    'That starts putting question marks in your mind,' Monnig told WFAA in an October 3 report. 'You know when you go home and then the next day you start hearing that equipment is being quarantined or asked to be bagged up, that you had on or were driving.
    'Then your question is, "well, what about me?" And so those were the questions that were raised.'
    Now the question is: Why wasn't Monnig warned before entering the home completely without protection? 
    'There should be some kind of protocols as far as what kind of a response we're going to have and what kind of safety equipment we're going to have,' Dyer said in the WFAA interview. 'Those kinds of things didn't happen.'
    Monnig's wife Lisa echoed his sentiment.
    'It was pretty scary,' Lisa Monnig said about the day her husband entered the apartment. 'I was awake until he got home that night.'
    No doubt Monnig is now feeling that pit in her stomach again as she and her family are forced to wait out the next two days it will take to determine whether Monnig managed to catch the dreaded virus.
    Mr Duncan, 42, died on Wednesday morning at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, two weeks after developing symptoms of the virus. 
    Sgt Monnig told medics at the Frisco clinic today that he had been in contact with first victim Mr Duncan and had not been wearing protective clothing.


A firefighter removes red tape from a vehicle parked outside a CareNow clinic in Frisco, Texas on Wednesday. Frisco Fire Chief Mark Piland says the deputy is being treated 'out of an abundance of caution'
A firefighter removes red tape from a vehicle parked outside a CareNow clinic in Frisco, Texas on Wednesday. Frisco Fire Chief Mark Piland says the deputy is being treated 'out of an abundance of caution'
A medical team in hazmat suits along with law enforcement rushed to the scene at a CareNow clinic in Frisco, Texas on Wednesday after a man turned up with Ebola-like symptoms 
A medical team in hazmat suits along with law enforcement rushed to the scene at a CareNow clinic in Frisco, Texas on Wednesday after a man turned up with Ebola-like symptoms 
The person, reportedly a Dallas County sheriff's deputy, was exhibiting Ebola symptoms today and claimed to have had contact with patient Thomas Duncan, who died from the virus on Wednesday morning
The person, reportedly a Dallas County sheriff's deputy, was exhibiting Ebola symptoms today and claimed to have had contact with patient Thomas Duncan, who died from the virus on Wednesday morning
An ambulance, driven by a firefighter-paramedic wearing a hazmat suit, carries an individual, believed to be a Dallas County sheriff's deputy, with Ebola symptoms to a hospital in Frisco, Texas on Wednesday afternoon after the person turned up at an urgent care clinic
An ambulance, driven by a firefighter-paramedic wearing a hazmat suit, carries an individual, believed to be a Dallas County sheriff's deputy, with Ebola symptoms to a hospital in Frisco, Texas on Wednesday afternoon after the person turned up at an urgent care clinic
The CareNow clinic was immediately placed in lock-down because Monnig was exhibiting signs of the deadly virus - including feeling sick and appearing flushed with a fever. 
The CDC told MailOnline today that the person is not one of the 48 contacts being monitored, and there is no indication of any direct contact with the initial patient, Mr Duncan. 
None of the 48 individuals with verified or possible contact with the patient has shown symptoms, the CDC said today. 
Sgt Monnig's son, Logan Monnig, told CBS that his father had woken up with 'stomach issues' and had gone to the clinic as a precaution.  
Logan said family were told by the CDC that their father was not at risk of the virus, as he had only been in the apartment for 30 minutes and had not come in contact with bodily fluids.
'We are not expecting him to' test positive for Ebola, said Logan. 
A father who had taken his teenage son to the clinic to get a flu shot on Wednesday told WFAA that the man entered the clinic with his wife, appeared flushed and was hunched over. 
Chuck Moreno said that he and his son had self-quarantined in an exam room, put on surgical masks and sprayed themselves with disinfectant.  
Sgt Monnig answered yes in a screening questionnaire to a question about travel to West Africa and is said to have contact with Duncan, referred to as ‘patient zero’. 
The Frisco patient was rushed to Texas Health Presbyterian Hosptial by ambulance after turning up at the urgent care clinic on Main Street. 
Medics at the clinic called 911 at around 12.30pm to request an ambulance for the patient. A team in hazmat suits and face masks transported the law enforcement officer. 
A hospital spokesman said: 'Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas can confirm today that a patient has been admitted to the Emergency Room after reporting possible exposure to the Ebola virus.
'Right now, there are more questions than answers about this case. Our professional staff of nurses and doctors is prepared to examine the patient, discuss any findings with appropriate agencies and officials.  

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