UTMB doctor returns from summer vacation studying Ebola

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GALVESTON, TX – The faculty and staff and the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston got a version of “What I Did Over My Summer Vacation”, only vacay wasn’t fun and games for Dr. Tom Ksiazek.

He’s director of high containment laboratory operations at UTMB’S National Laboratory, and he recently spent six weeks in Sierra Leone, in the middle of the Ebola outbreak.

Ksiazek has led the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s on-site response to every Ebola outbreak since 1995.

After updating colleagues on West Africa’s Ebola outbreak, he told reporters one of the keys to stopping Ebola is to get complete information on where and when people have traveled.

“I don’t see this as a hard to control disease. If you recognize it early, essentially you can minimize any possibility of transmission.”

Travelers flying back to Dallas from Hobby Airport didn’t seem to be concerned about the Ebola patient in Dallas.

“I’m confident that health authorities seem to have everything under control,” said B.J. Williams. “And I have confidence in CDC, and our local Dallas County health officials, and our city health officials.”


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