Police in Dallas are searching for a homeless man who rode in an ambulance after Thomas Eric Duncan, the Ebola patient currently in critical condition at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.
“We are working to locate the individual and get him to a comfortable, compassionate place where we can monitor him and care for his every need for the full incubation period,” Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins explained in an emailed message. “I want to emphasize that he is a low risk individual and we are doing this out of precautionary measures.”
Although the ambulance was reportedly quarantined after Duncan was delivered to the hospital and its crew told to stay home for 21 days, officials were unable to explain why the homeless man was in the ambulance and why he was released back into the community.
Poor hygiene and substance abuse among the homeless may exacerbate the spread of the disease.