DALLAS, Texas (1080 KRLD) – Dallas County DA Craig Watkins office is looking into the possibility of filing charges against the Liberian man that brought the first case of Ebola into the United States.READ MORE: Texas Department Of State Health Services To Lay Out Plan For Giving Kids COVID Vaccine
Authorities in both the U.S. and Liberia are investigating whether Thomas Eric Duncan knew he had been exposed to the Ebola virus before traveling to Dallas. If that’s the case then District Attorney Craig Watkins says the state crime of aggravated assault may come into play for exposing others to the Ebola virus.
“We’re dealing with the issue that he may have knowingly exposed individuals in Dallas County to the ebola virus” said Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins. “We’ve prosecuted individuals, for knowingly exposing individuals to HIV – which is aggravated assault.”