A Second Healthcare Worker Tests Positive For Ebola In Texas
There’s another case of Ebola in the United States.
A second health worker who cared for the U.S.’s first Ebola patient tested positive of the virus Tuesday, the Texas Department of State Health Services said Wednesday.
The unidentified patient is quarantined at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas — which has seen two other Ebola cases this month.
The health care worker is the third case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S. Thomas Eric Duncan contracted the virus while visiting Liberia but traveled back to Dallas before he reported symptoms earlier this month. One of his nurses, Nina Pham, was tested positive for the disease Sunday.
Duncan died last week. Pham is isolated and in good condition at the hospital.
The new Ebola case was confirmed late Tuesday, the state health department said in a Wednesday statement. The patient was interviewed to quickly identify any contacts or potential exposures and that others will be monitored.
It’s not clear how many people he or she may have been in contact with.
Officials have said they don’t know how Pham or the new patient became infected. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden previously said Pham caught the virus due to a “breach in protocol” while treating Duncan, but he never explained that that breach could have entailed.
The hospital maintained that its staff used proper protective gear while treating Duncan, including gloves, masks gowns and sometimes full-body suits.
You couldn’t pay us enough money to go to Texas right now.
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