A man visiting the Dallas, Texas from West Africa has been confirmed as the first case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the United States.

Authorities at the Centers for Disease Control,CDC, in Atlanta, revealed the finding this afternoon, a day after the unidentified patient arrived at a Dallas hospital with suspicious symptoms.

Officials at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas put the man into “strict isolation” and sent a specimen to the CDC in Atlanta for testing.

Dr. Thomas Frieden, a director at the CDC, says preliminary results show the man has the deadly disease which has been linked to more than 3-thousand deaths in West Africa.`

Dr. Thomas Frieden at the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control during a news conference in the last half hour.

The World Health Organization says there’ve been more than 6-thousand-500 confirmed cases in West Africa, with Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone among the hardest hit.