At a news conference Wednesday, Dr. Mark Lester confirmed that a nurse asked Duncan on his first visit whether he had been in an area affected by the Ebola outbreak that has killed thousands in West Africa.
"A checklist was in place for Ebola in this hospital for several weeks. That checklist was utilized by the nurse, who did ask [the] question [if the patient had been to Africa,]" Lester said. "[...] Regretfully, that information [was not shared] with the full team."
As the medical team assessed Duncan on his first visit, they thought it was a low-grade viral infection. Dr. Edward Goodman, a Texas Health Presbyterian infectious disease specialist, said when Duncan went to the emergency room Thursday he was not vomiting or having diarrhea, but he did have a fever and some abdominal pain.
"All the information wasn't present as they made their clinical decision," Lester said.
Because one or more hospital employees dropped the ball, there are dozens of folks who have been exposed, including 5 children who could have spread the crap amongst their classmates.
As of right now, the CDC is telling us not to worry, all is well.