By Joe Carlson, Star Tribune
“Thomas Eric Duncan, America’s first Ebola fatality, went to a Dallas hospital twice in the days before he died. The first time he arrived under his own power. The second time, when he was much sicker and more contagious, an ambulance took him in. He ended up exposing three people who rode in the ambulance with him to the virus.
Experts say that this second route, via Emergency Medical Service transport, is how future Ebola patients in the United States are likely to get to a hospital — and in the process, they will expose first responders and other patients to contagion risk. EMS organizations are already adapting, and they’re getting support from private companies that make software for first-responders, including Edina’s Open Inc.“