Second health worker in Texas tests positive for Ebola
WASHINGTON - Agence France-Presse
The Texas health department statement Wednesday Oct. 15, 2014 said a second health care worker tests positive for Ebola. AP PhotoA second health worker at the Texas hospital where the first case of Ebola contamination on US soil occurred has tested positive for the disease, the state government said Oct. 15.
Like the first case, the second concerned a caregiver who treated a Liberian Ebola sufferer who later died at the Dallas hospital, the Texas Department of State Health Services said.
The second worker came down with a fever on Tuesday and was isolated at the hospital right away.
"Health officials have interviewed the latest patient to quickly identify any contacts or potential exposures, and those people will be monitored," the health department said in a statement.
The Centers for Disease and Prevention said the second worker's positive test came from a preliminary analysis conducted overnight and the CDC is carrying out its own test to confirm the result.
"As we have said before, because of our ongoing investigation, it is not unexpected that there would be additional exposures," it said in a statement.
Both of the health workers had cared for Ebola sufferer Thomas Eric Duncan, who is thought to have contracted the disease while still in Liberia, and who died on October 8.
The CDC noted it is taking a series of new measures to boost hospitals' preparedness, including sending to Dallas experts who have managed to control Ebola outbreaks in Africa over the past two decades.
The center said it is improving procedures to protect health care workers at the Dallas hospital, and providing health workers there and elsewhere with opportunities for more training.