A second health care worker has tested positive for Ebola after caring for the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S. Thomas Eric Duncan.
The Texas Department of State Health Services confirmed this morning that the worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital was monitoring herself for symptoms when she reported a fever yesterday. According to Dallas Country Judge Clay Jenkins, the unidentified woman was in isolation within 90 minutes of reporting her symptoms.
To take precaution, emergency responders in hazardous materials suits began work early this morning to decontaminate the Dallas apartment of the second hospital worker. Neighbors of the unidentified woman were warned of her condition with a notice, which read, “a health care worker who lives in your area has tested positive for Ebola.”
While it is unclear exactly how the second health care worked contracted the virus, chief clinical officer for Texas Health Resources, Dr. Daniel Varga said, “We are looking at every element of our personal protection equipment and infection control in the hospital.”
Officials added that they also do not know how the first health care worker, a nurse, became infected. All health officials can say is that there was a breach in protocol somewhere along the way, though they have not yet identified where.