Second Health Care Worker in Dallas Tests Positive for Ebola

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Update: Because the nurse was on a flight prior to exhibiting symptoms, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reached out the 132 passengers on her flight; 75 individuals are now being tracked for symptoms and the patient is currently in isolation. It is still unclear as to how the breach in protocol that exposed these healthcare workers to the Ebola virus occurred, but full precautions are being taken for tracking and monitoring to prevent additional protocol violations.

Second Health Care Worker in Dallas Tests Positive for Ebola
Second Health Care Worker in Dallas Tests Positive for Ebola

(HealthDay News) — A second health care worker who helped treat a patient who died of Ebola last week at a Dallas hospital has tested positive for the disease, health officials said Wednesday morning.

The unidentified woman reported a fever Tuesday and was isolated at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. Health officials interviewed the woman to identify any people who may have had contact with her, and those contacts will be monitored, according to a statement from the Texas Department of State Health Services.

The preliminary Ebola diagnosis was made after a test late Tuesday at the state public health laboratory in Austin. A second test that's expected to confirm the diagnosis on Wednesday will come from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The announcement of the second infected health care worker in Dallas came a day after the director of the CDC acknowledged that more health workers at the hospital could be infected. "It's possible we will see other people become ill," Thomas R. Frieden, MD, said at a Tuesday news briefing.

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