The first Ebola case has been diagnosed in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday.
According to the CDC, the patient is being treated at a Dallas, Texas, hospital and is the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States.
Ebola has killed 2,917 people and infected 3,346 others since the outbreak began in March. The Ebola outbreak has been centered in the West African countries, but there have been concerns about international air travel and other factors may lead to its spread. Several Americans were diagnosed in West Africa and then brought to the United States for treatment.
Ebola causes viral hemorrhagic fever. Early symptoms include sudden onset of fever, weakness, muscle pain, headaches and a sore throat, which can affect multiple organ systems in the body and are often accompanied by bleeding, according to the CDC.
The CDC is expected to provide more details on the case in a press conference with the Dallas and Texas state health officials, as well as officials from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.
According to a World Health Organization report, there had been 6,553 cases of the Ebola virus overall, but given difficulties in tracking and reporting the disease, the number is suspected of being much higher.