DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Monnig is home a mere 24 hours after he thought he may have contracted Ebola.
Monnig spent most of Thursday in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas. An upper respiratory infection was his diagnosis, not the potentially deadly virus.
Although his wife is grateful it’s not the latter, she’s still upset at the county for putting her husband in harms way by sending him to the Ivy Apartments last week. The northeast Dallas apartments were ground zero for the nation’s first Ebola case.
“There were a lot of scared people in there for one,” said Lisa Monnig about the potentially hazardous situation. Her husband delivered a quarantine order to family members of Ebola victim Thomas Duncan. He later told her he was “disturbed” by what he saw in the apartment.
“The patient had been sick throughout the apartment and it wasn’t necessarily cleaned up very well. He had been vomiting quite violently. He was touching surfaces that had possibly been contaminated,” she said.
Monnig’s experience may have contributed to Wednesday’s visit to a Frisco CareNow clinic. It set off a chain of events that led to a trip to the hospital and a negative test for Ebola.
“I think all the hype that’s been around it is a little too much,” one viewer told CBS 11 News.
Monnig’s wife said she never believed her husband was infected. However, she said the order he received to enter the contaminated apartment was an unnecessary risk.
“I think they could have been given better tools… had to be more prepared with gloves, tools, booties… whatever that is,” she said.
Lisa Monnig said Dallas County health officials told her husband to go to the CareNow clinic when they met with the Monnig’s after he served the quarantine orders.
Michael Monnig has tentative plans to speak publicly about his ordeal Friday.
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