Amid fears that the ebola virus may infect victims easier than the CDC admits, a second health care worker caring for Thomas Eric Duncan has contracted ebola at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. New statements confirm that, following a fever and immediate isolation, the health department worker did indeed test positive for the virus.
A second health care worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who cared for Thomas Eric Duncan has tested positive for Ebola, health officials said Wednesday, casting further doubt on the hospital’s ability to handle Ebola and protect employees.
The worker reported a fever Tuesday and was immediately isolated, health department spokeswoman Carrie Williams said.
A preliminary Ebola test was done late Tuesday at the state public health laboratory in Austin, and the results came back around midnight. A second test will be conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
“Health officials have interviewed the latest patient to quickly identify any contacts or potential exposures, and those people will be monitored,” the health department said.