DALLAS -- Ebola isn’t just on the minds of worried North Texans; world leaders are calling it the worst epidemic since AIDS arrived on the scene in the 1980’s. They say it’s going to take an aggressive strategy to attack and eradicate the disease.
"The answer to this crisis is to stop it where it lies. So doing right by Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea is the right thing to do in all these dimensions. We've just got to get moving,” Dr. Jim Yong Kim, the World Bank President said.
Thursday, Kim and other officials explained to representatives from West Africa how not stopping Ebola will impact the global economy. The belly of the beast is in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, where close to 3,500 people have died from the disease.
Soon, thousands of U.S. soldiers will be on the ground, helping to fight Ebola from spreading. Texas Gov. Rick Perry stopped by Fort Hood to offer encouragement to troops who got their marching orders.
"You're fixing to do a great service for the world, and going in, and hopefully creating an infrastructure that has the ability to allow for that part of the world to control and hopefully to remove that threat of that disease. So, we are proud of you," Gov. Perry said.
Meanwhile, tense moments gripped North Texas. A Dallas County Sheriff’s deputy was taken to the hospital on the same day Thomas Duncan died from the Ebola virus. Patient Michael Monnig was isolated at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, where he underwent tests after exhibiting some Ebola-like symptoms.
Thursday, the hospital gave an update on Monnig’s condition, reporting tests results negative for Ebola.
We have completed testing of the specimen submitted today by Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. The result is negative for #Ebola.
— Texas DSHS (@TexasDSHS) October 9, 2014
Just hold on until we pass the 21-day incubation period. Then, finally, we can all breath a collective sigh of relief.