How does a hospital worker following the full protocol for treating infected people catch Ebola? The CDC and government officials say there’s nothing to worry about, right? Could it be in an effort to prevent panic the CDC and government spin and PR guys are working overtime to feed the public misinformation?
Dallas Hospital Worker Diagnosed With Ebola, First to Catch Deadly Virus in U.S. By David Wainer
An employee at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who provided care for the Ebola patient hospitalized there has been diagnosed with the virus, raising concerns that the disease could spread.
The patient, who was not identified, tested positive for Ebola in a preliminary test at the state public health laboratory in Austin, Texas, and a second analysis will be conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, the Texas Department of State Health Services said on its website today.
“We knew a second case could be a reality, and we’ve been preparing for this possibility,” David Lakey, commissioner of the department, said in the statement. “We are broadening our team in Dallas and working with extreme diligence to prevent further spread.”
The diagnosis marks the first time someone contracted Ebola inside U.S. borders and adds pressure on the government to tighten controls as it seeks to stem the spread of the virus that’s killed more than 4,000 people this year in three African nations. John F. Kennedy International Airport began added screening for arriving passengers yesterday, just three days after the first U.S. death caused by Ebola.
That patient, Thomas Eric Duncan, arrived from Liberia on Sept. 20 and didn’t begin showing signs of the disease until Sept. 24.
Ebola: Tracing Contacts
The infected worker was wearing protective gear and was following the full protocol for treating infected people, hospital officials said at a news conference in Dallas today. The patient has asked to remain anonymous, they said.
“Health officials have interviewed the patient and are identifying any contacts or potential exposures,” the Texas health department said in its statement. “People who had contact with the health care worker after symptoms emerged will be monitored based on the nature of their interactions and the potential they were exposed to the virus.”
The Dallas diagnosis is only the second known case of an Ebola infection outside Africa. Teresa Romero, a nursing assistant, is hospitalized in Madrid, where she became infected last month after helping care for two missionaries who had fallen ill in West Africa. Her situation remains stable, Fernando Simon, a health ministry official, said at a news conference. One of 16 people being monitored for Ebola in Madrid was released yesterday, and none of the others are showing symptoms of the virus, officials said.
An international effort is under way to control the worst outbreak of Ebola on record, which has infected more than 8,300 people and killed more than 4,000. Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea have accounted for most of those cases, threatening to isolate those countries from global markets and sap economic growth in West Africa.
Officials have vowed to stop any spread in the U.S. of the virus, which has no proven cure. Supply of the most promising experimental drug, ZMapp, ran out in August and U.S. officials and researchers are looking at whether new large-scale techniques are possible to increase production of the drug.
Duncan, the first U.S. patient, brought Ebola with him when he traveled from Liberia to Dallas on Sept. 20. Duncan first went to the emergency room at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, and was sent home with antibiotics on Sept. 26 after health workers failed to identify him as a potential Ebola case. He returned to the hospital two days later in an ambulance, and was isolated and diagnosed.
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