Dallas County Sheriff Deputy Michael Monnig was hospitalized yesterday with Ebola symptoms, after being sent unprotected a week ago into the apartment of Thomas Duncan — the first person to be diagnosed with the illness in the U.S. Sgt. Monnig went to deliver a quarantine order to family members.
Yet, neither he nor the two health officials who accompanied him — Zachary Thompson and Christopher Perkins — were wearing protective clothing or masks, even though cleaning crews at the apartment wore full protective gear.
On the following day, Sgt. Monnig and the other two officers were told to pack up the clothes they’d been wearing in the quarantined apartment. Additionally, their police cars were taken out of commission. Sgt. Monnig told WFAA what his reaction was:
That starts putting question marks in your mind. You know when you go home and then the next day you start hearing that equipment is being quarantined or asked to be bagged up, that you had on or were driving. Then your question is, “well, what about me?” And so those were the questions that were raised.
Of course, these are all questions that should have been raised prior to sending the three men into the apartment. (Scroll down for the videos.)
1. A possible Ebola patient, believed to be Dallas County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Monnig, is brought to the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital on Wednesday in Dallas, Texas.
Christopher Dyer, president of the Dallas County Sheriff’s Association, said in the WFAA interview:
There should be some kind of protocols as far as what kind of a response we’re going to have and what kind of safety equipment we’re going to have. Those kinds of things didn’t happen.
Sgt. Monnig’s wife Lisa told of her experience:
It was pretty scary. I was awake until he got home that night.
And now Lisa Monnig and her family will have to wait for two days until it is determined whether her husband has contracted the deadly virus. There can be little doubt that the fate of Thomas Duncan, who died on Wednesday morning at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, just two weeks after symptoms of the Ebola virus were detected, will be high in their minds.
2. The sheriff’s deputy arrives at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital today via ambulance after attending an urgent-care clinic with symptoms.
3. Sgt Monnig walked into Texas Presbyterian Hospital today accompanied by medics in hazmat suits.
4. Sgt Monnig, pictured here with his family, went to an urgent-care facility in Frisco, Texas on Wednesday with Ebola-like symptoms. His family said he was simply taking precautions.
5. A firefighter removes red tape from a vehicle parked outside a CareNow clinic in Frisco, Texas on Wednesday. Frisco Fire Chief Mark Piland says the deputy is being treated ‘out of an abundance of caution’.
6. A medical team in hazmat suits along with law enforcement rushed to the scene at a CareNow clinic in Frisco, Texas on Wednesday after a man turned up with Ebola-like symptoms.
7. Monnig’s son Logan (pictured) spoke to reporters outside the family home not long after his father checked himself in with doctors Wednesday. Logan Monnig said he and his family are worried about Mr. Monnig but said ‘we are not expecting him to’ test positive for Ebola.
8. A cleaning crew in bio-hazard suits decontaminated the Dallas apartment where Ebola patient Thomas Duncan fell ill almost two weeks ago. He died from the deadly virus on Wednesday.
And here are the videos:
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