The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that the USA has one confirmed case of Ebola. The patient, who is yet to be identified, has been placed in “strict isolation” at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas and is being tested for Ebola due to their symptoms and recent travel history.

In a press conference, CDC Director Tom Frieden said the patient in question may have contracted the disease on travels in Liberia before returning to the United States on the 20th of September.

In an attempt to ease concerns about Ebola’s contagious effect, Frieden went on the say that the virus can only be spread through direct contact. Frieden added that “a handful” of people, including family members, may have been exposed to the patient prior to his seeking treatment.

In early September, four U.S. aid workers treating the outbreak in Africa were diagnosed there, and transported back to the U.S. for treatment after falling ill. This case, however, is the first known in which a citizen was stricken by the virus and diagnosed domestically.