Another case of Ebola confirmed in Texas.
A health care worker who provided care for Thomas Eric Duncan, the Ebola victim who recently died in Dallas, has contracted the virus. The individual reported a fever Tuesday and was immediately isolated at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, state health officials said in a statement.
Via NBC News:
“Health officials have interviewed the latest patient to quickly identify any contacts or potential exposures, and those people will be monitored,” the Texas Department of State Health Services said. “The type of monitoring depends on the nature of their interactions and the potential they were exposed to the virus.” It is the third case diagnosed in the U.S.
The CDC described the latest case involving a health care worker as a “serious concern.” In a statement, it added: “As we have said before, because of our ongoing investigation, it is not unexpected that there would be additional exposures.”
Meantime, co-workers of Nina Pham, the Dallas nurse who contracted Ebola from Duncan, say they worked for days without proper protective gear — a claim that contradicts what health officials have previously said.
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As ABC News reports:
…the hospital’s Ebola protocols and procedures were unclear and inadequate, leaving workers and hospital systems prone to contamination, according to a statement by the largest U.S. nurses’ union.
The statement, which was provided by National Nurses United on behalf of several registered nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, details hospital procedures after Thomas Eric Duncan arrived at the hospital.
“No one knew what the protocols were or were able to verify what kind of personal protective equipment should be worn and there was no training,” the statement reads.
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