Texas Nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas Tests Positive for Ebola … “Extensive Contact” on “Multiple Cccasions” with Deceased Ebola Patient Thomas Eric Duncan
Now we have the 1st case of Ebola transmission in the United States …
- From the Texas Department of State Healthcare Services, a nurse at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas has tested positive for Ebola. The healthcare worker is considered the first case of Ebola transmitted infection in the United States. The unnamed healthcare worker, Patient #2, is said to have has “extensive contact” om “multiple occasions” with Liberian Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, who is now deceased. According to Dr. Thomas Frieden, the director of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Protection, in an press conference on Sunday said that a “breach of protocol” was responsible for the transmission of the Ebola virus.
According to reports, the infected worker wore a gown, gloves, mask and shield when providing care to Duncan. WHEN IN THE HELL IS THE UNITED STATES GOING TO RESTRICT ALL NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL FROM WEST AFRICAN COUNTRIES RAMPED WITH EBOLA? It is obvious that there will always be one-off mistakes when it comes to the treatment of a patient that is or is not suspected of Ebola. Travel restrictions and quarantine is an obvious way to prevent from having to deal with this insidious disease in the United States.
A health care worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who provided care for the Ebola patient hospitalized there has tested positive for Ebola in a preliminary test at the state public health laboratory in Austin. Confirmatory testing will be conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
The health care worker reported a low grade fever Friday night and was isolated and referred for testing. The preliminary ?test result was received late Saturday.
“We knew a second case could be a reality, and we’ve been preparing for this possibility,” said Dr. David Lakey, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services. “We are broadening our team in Dallas and working with extreme diligence to prevent further spread.”
“That health care worker is a heroic person who provided care to Mr. Duncan,” Dallas Judge Clay Jenkins said at the first news conference.
Dr. Daniel Varga of Texas Health Resources, which owns the hospital, said that the worker wore a gown, gloves, mask and shield when providing care to Duncan. Varga did not identify the worker and said the family of the worker has “requested total privacy.”
At the second news conference several hours later, Frieden said the new case had occurred because of a “breach of protocol” for treating potential Ebola patients and indicated that it was possible that additional cases could be reported among other health care workers exposed because of “a breach of the same nature.”
Dr. David Lakey of the Texas Department of State Health Services said the health care worker had “extensive contact” with Duncan.