False Alarm: Deputy Tested for Ebola Speaks Out

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Dallas, TX—Deputy Sergeant Michael Monnig might look okay now, but just a few days ago he was in the back of a plastic protected ambulance when doctors thought he might have Ebola.  “And when I heard 101.7° and I looked at the nurses with wide eyes, I wondered if my ticket had been punched.  I wondered if it was time,” Monnig said.

Monnig was assigned to deliver the quarantine order at the Ivy Apartments where Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan had been staying. He says officials said he didn’t need protective suits.

“Touched the light switch, touched the door knob, stepped into the apartment, stepped into the living room area just to see if it was safe.  I could see the uncertainty in [the family’s] eyes.”

Wednesday, he came down with headaches, nausea, and flu symptoms. But some are asking, why would he go to a Care Now Clinic, in a waiting room with other people? He says that’s what a city health official told him to do.

“I called up Dr . Perkins and said, ‘What do you want me to do?  I’m following your directions to call you, what do you want me to do?’ And that’s when he stated to either get with my primary care physician or go to a health care clinic.  At my primary care physician, the line was busy I couldn’t actually get into contact with her, so, again according to his directives, that’s when I went into Care Now. To look up and see the plastic bagging everywhere, it was a little scary.”

It turns out he had an unidentifiable viral infection.

When asked his reaction when he got the news, “I was still attached to numerous IV’s so I couldn’t really run out,” he said when asked his reaction when he got the news.

His wife, Lisa, was on a flight from Atlanta.

“The entire flight, all you could think of is, ‘What if I lose him?’  I had to make a connection in New Orleans, and as we were on the approach to land in New Orleans, I looked out the window and saw a rainbow, and I knew everything was going to be okay,” she said.

“I had a television, but I really didn't turn it on much, because it was all about me,” he laughed when asked about what he did while waiting on his test results.