General view of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Texas October 1, 2014. (Reuters)

The Dallas Ebola patient had come into contact with as many as 100 people, according to Texas health officials. This figure is significantly higher than initially thought.

More than 80 people were in contact with the Ebola patient, including 12 to 18 people in direct contact, said spokeswoman for Dallas County’s Department of Health and Human Services Erikka Neroes on Thursday. Later in the day Texas officials revised the number of contacts up to 100 people.

Previously health officials said 18 people, including five children, had connections to the Dallas Ebola patient, according to local media.

In addition to the new figure, Texas officials issued an order on Wednesday night for four family members of the patient to stay home as a precautionary measure, NBC reported.

They are legally required to follow the precautions until at least October 19, by which time the incubation period of the disease will have passed. Under the order the family will also have to comply with the requirements of health officials to provide blood samples and perform other medical tests.

According to health officials the incubation period is two to 21 days and people are not infectious until they develop symptoms.

Health officials confirmed on Thursday that the family members of the patient do not yet have any symptoms of the deadly Ebola virus.

The first time the patient, Thomas Eric Duncan, 42, presented to hospital was on September 25 with fever and abdominal pain, health officials said, adding that he did not exhibit any symptoms specific to Ebola. However, Duncan returned to the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas via ambulance on September 28. 

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