Liberian detainee isolated at Kenosha Co. Jail, officials “made calls to the CDC”

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KENOSHA (WITI) -- The Kenosha County Jail is taking precautions -- monitoring a detainee for signs of the Ebola virus. Local officials are in close contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) -- along with other federal officials.

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The Kenosha County Sheriff's Office confirms with FOX6 News that at 1 a.m. on Wednesday, October 8th, a woman came into the jail from O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. As officials screened her, they realized she is from Liberia -- a country hard hit with the Ebola outbreak. Officials say the woman was brought in as a federal immigration detainee until she can be deported.

It's important to note, so far this person has not shown any signs of being infected -- but the jail is taking precautions.

"It's a scary disease that's out there. We've made calls to the CDC, they've sent us information. Immigration has sent us information. It's something we need to address and everyone across the country needs to address," said Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth.

Also on Wednesday, Texas health officials announced the first person diagnosed with the Ebola virus on U.S. soil died. He was admitted and kept in isolation since September 28th. That victim had come from Liberia -- and the Kenosha County Sheriff says it's now important jails have plans -- and be on the watch.

"We realize it's not just people who enter the country and visit other people. We have to look into this as a serious threat too," said Sheriff Beth.

Kenosha County Jail medical staff is monitoring the Liberian detainee twice a day -- looking for Ebola symptoms with a checklist from the CDC. Officials have also been in contact with area hospitals as to what will be done if the detainee does show symptoms.

"We currently have the person in the medical ward or we're transporting them to the medical ward in a negative airflow cell that we have. And the medical staff is looking into this and we're doing an interview with this person as we speak -- and where they've traveled and where they've been to," said Sheriff Beth.

The Kenosha County Jail does house detainees for immigration officials on a regular basis -- so that's not unusual.

This immigration detainee is expected to be deported back to her home country shortly.

Related links: 

  • CLICK HERE to learn more about Ebola from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • CLICK HERE to watch a YouTube video created by the CDC to teach airline crews about Ebola, what they need to know
  • CLICK HERE to read more stories about Ebola on FOX6Now.com.

26 comments

    • Glenn

      Why are my Kenosha County Tax Dollars being used to detain people picked up at O’hare Airport? INS needs to keep their prisoners local, near O’hare. Don’t let them ship their problems north of the border.

  • Ted

    between this mess and all the other other viruses crossing over the borders killing our children, we are doomed, thx obama you worthless POS

  • stephanie

    My husband would always say thay bjn laden made a comment that he was going to destroy america from the inside out….this seriously makes me wonder…scary to not know if my children have a safe future…….idk why we can STOP any travelers until the ebola is gone…think about it…infected person without signs r on a plane comming to the u s with how many more people on that plane?? Im not very educated,however this could have been handeld much more properly

    • Allen

      Stephanie is right! Bjn Laden [sic] almost definitely invented ebola and then recruited west africans to infect themselves and their families and hopefully make it to America once the epidemic reached critical mass.

      Or rather Stephanie’s *husband* was right. Before Bjn Laden killed him, presumably.

  • CC

    Are there flights non-stop from Nigeria to Chicago? Seems a little far without refuling. Wonder where else they stopped before they were caught. Were passengers on the same flight notified?

  • FMF

    every one that sneeks in to our country needs to spend 21 days with the first family and all the liberals just to be pc!

  • LEOPOLD LICHTENSTEIN IV

    We must be diligent and not trust the CDC or anyone for our well being. Flights from these countries should be suspended immediately and stop this in it;s tracks. Responsible officials at the CDC almost make it look like its the super bowl for them with their on air constant interviews. Almost like, it’s our chance to shine. Yea right. or is it this administration wants to have an outbreak to put everything else wrong on the back page of the newspapers. This administration could not handle security when terrorists invaded our US sovereign Embassy in Libya.
    It’s great to test these people for fever when they arrive at customs. Wait till the sensor beeps 104 fever and the whole customs area along with every passenger is sealed off.

    • Allen

      I couldn’t agree more with Leopole Lichtenstein the Fourth, except officials at the CDC don’t *almost* make it look like its the super bowl for them with their on air constant interviews; they *literally* make it look like its the super bowl for them with their on air constant interviews. Who even asked for their opinion???

  • Glenn

    Obama’s lethargic response to Ebola and ISIS is this years “October Surprise”. America has woken up to realize that Obama-the-globalist will not enforce our borders because he does not believe in borders! His failure to protect Americans with a travel ban will cost all Democrats in next months elections. Obama enacted a travel ban on Israel to score political points during their summer skirmish with Hamas, but he will not enact one to protect Americans from Ebola or ISIS. Shame on him. We need to flip the Senate this year to make sure Obama leaves office peacefully in 2016.

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