Embarg-uh-oh! Did CDC try to hide new US Ebola case? Spoiler: It didn’t work

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Or can you?

According to various media outlets, a patient in Dallas has been diagnosed with Ebola. That would make this patient the first confirmed case diagnosed in the U.S.

CDC confirms Dallas patient has tested positive for Ebola. @CBSDFW

— Andrea Lucia (@CBS11Andrea) September 30, 2014

CDC says this is the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the US. @CBSDFW

— Andrea Lucia (@CBS11Andrea) September 30, 2014

CDC confirms Dallas patient has tested positive for Ebola. http://t.co/uolVlAT6kF

— CBSDFW (@CBSDFW) September 30, 2014

BREAKING: CDC confirms first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States, Reuters reports. http://t.co/iefaY3RWzC pic.twitter.com/yf0JyeHN4D

— CNBC (@CNBC) September 30, 2014

More from CBS’ Dallas affiliate:

It was late on the evening of September 29 that CBS 11 News learned a patient at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas was feared to have been exposed to the Ebola virus.

Health officials said given the information that the unnamed patient had been in the West Africa area where the Ebola virus exists and the type of symptoms they were exhibiting, testing was being performed.

And a statement from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital:

“Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas has admitted a patient into strict isolation to be evaluated for potential Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) based on the patient’s symptoms and recent travel history. The hospital is following all Centers for Disease Control and Texas Department of Heath recommendations to ensure the safety of patients, hospital staff, volunteers, physicians and visitors. The CDC anticipates preliminary results tomorrow (Wednesday).”

But the CDC was reportedly trying to keep the news under wraps.

So… am I correct in hearing that the @CDCgov tried to embargo the Texas Ebola case announcement…? #seriously

— Tara Wallis (@tarawallis) September 30, 2014

Ebola: Journalists tweeting before reading emails pic.twitter.com/CvG15j2yhl

— Michael van Poppel (@mpoppel) September 30, 2014

Needless to say, it didn’t work.

CDC acknowledges embargo has been broken, confirms the news RT @ElaheIzadi: CDC confirmed to me that there is an Ebola case in the US.

— Mark Berman (@markberman) September 30, 2014

People breaking embargoes everywhere #Ebola

— Michael van Poppel (@mpoppel) September 30, 2014

That Ebola embargo was never going to hold.

— Andrew Peng (@TheAPJournalist) September 30, 2014

Well there goes embargo RT: @CNBC BREAKING: CDC confirms first Ebola case diagnosed in the #USA, Reuters reports http://t.co/DRPcyM1afW

— Luke Russert (@LukeRussert) September 30, 2014

They put an embargo on the Ebola news? LOL

— Jimmy (@JimmyPrinceton) September 30, 2014

First… EBOLA IN THE USA PANIC…. Second…. You seriously tried to embargo that news story. Really? Good Job, Good Effort CDC.

— Brad Hope (@Brad_Hope) September 30, 2014

Word to the wise for next time, maybe:

Pro-Tip: Don't try to embargo the announcement that someone in the United States has EBOLA!

— Tim Williams (@realtimwilliams) September 30, 2014

Oh, and one last thing before we go:

CDC confirmation of the first U.S. case of MERS was also under an embargo

— Michael van Poppel (@mpoppel) September 30, 2014

Sweet dreams, America!

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