Second US health worker contracts Ebola
Another health worker who treated Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian who died of Ebola in Dallas, Texas, has tested positive for the disease.
The infected individual, whose identity is yet to be revealed, is a staff of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, the same hospital where Duncan passed away, The Stream reports.
The worker was immediately isolated after reporting a fever on Tuesday, the state health department said.
“Health officials have interviewed the latest patient to quickly identify any contacts or potential exposures, and those people will be monitored,” it said in a statement.
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said at an early morning news conference on Wednesday the second infected nurse lived alone. He said local health officials moved quickly to clean affected areas involving the second nurse and to alert her neighbors and friends.
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital is doing everything it can to contain the virus, said Dr. Daniel Varga of Texas Health Resources, which owns the hospital. “I don’t think we have a systematic institutional problem,” he said.
Nina Pham, 26, a Vietnamese-American, was the first health worker to contract the disease from the deceased.