Austin (Texas), Oct 17: Beset with Ebola scare, the authorities in Dallas have ordered 75 health workers, who attended on a patient who died of the Ebola virus, not to use public transport. These doctors and nurses were asked to sign a legal document agreeing to the order, Dallas county judge Clay Jenkins said on Thursday after a meeting where authorities declined to declare a state of emergency in the Texas city.
"There hasn’t been a need to use extraordinary powers or put people under some sort of special law," Jenkins said over imposing a state of emergency.
So far, 75 health workers who, along with infected nurses Nina Pham and Amber Vinson, attended on the Liberian patient Thomas Eric Duncan who died of the virus on Oct 8, were put under vigil and the strict orders.
The monitoring process of tthese 75 healthcare workers will be for 21 days but extendable for two more weeks, reports said.
Apart from these 75 health workers, 40 more people who were in contact with Duncan before he was admitted to the hospital, and 132 passengers who shared a commercial flight with Vinson on Monday were kept under strict observation and isolation.
Vinson was taken to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.
Accoring to the World Health Organization, the death toll in the deadly Ebola virus disease in West Africa has hit 4,493 and it has warned of a continuously deteriorating situation in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in the Ebola outbreak.
"The latest figures from WHO report a total of 8,997 cases in seven countries, and 4,493 deaths," UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters here Thursday, adding that healthcare workers have been paying a heavy price in the fight against Ebola "with 427 infected and 236 dead".
The WHO official also said, "An increase in new cases in Guinea is being driven by a spike in cases in the capital, Conakry, and the nearby district of Coyah.
Dujarric said there was almost certainly significant under-reporting of cases from the Liberian capital Monrovia while in Sierra Leone, intense transmission was still occurring in the capital Freetown and its surroundings.
"The total number of operational laboratories in the three West African countries will increase in the coming weeks, as a Russian mobile laboratory becomes operational in Guinea, and a Public Health England laboratory begins to provide diagnostic testing in the Western Rural area of Sierra Leone," he said.
Meanwhile, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) also warns that Ebola is wiping out gains in safe motherhood made in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
"An estimated 800,000 women in these three countries should give birth in the next 12 months but many pregnant women are afraid to visit or turned away from overstretched health facilities," he said.
UNFPA has said that $64.5 million is needed to provide reproductive and maternal health services in the next three months, he said.
Now that the focus is on the US, the Ebola panic may spread further with Spain too reporting some case today.