Ebola: Another US Health Worker Tests Positive

Another health worker in Texas, United States, US has tested positive to the Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, the Centre for Disease Control, CDC said in a statement released today.

“A second healthcare worker at Texas Presbyterian Hospital who provided care for the index patient has tested positive for Ebola,” the statement said.

The health worker is said to be among those who took care of Duncan, who died a week ago after he was diagnosed with Ebola earlier this month.

In the meantime, Nina Pham, the first Texas Health Presbyterian nurse to become infected, is said to be “doing well” and grateful for her care, according to a statement issued by the CDC on Tuesday.

The CDC described the latest case involving another health care worker as a “serious concern.” In the statement, the CDC said it was “not unexpected that there would be additional exposures,” admitting mistakes were made and said a quicker response might have prevented the virus spreading to hospital workers.

Meanwhile, National Nurses Texas Union representing nurses have criticized the hospital, saying that conventions to protect workers were not in place when Duncan was diagnosed.

“There was no advance preparedness on what to do with the patient, there was no protocol, there was no system,” the union officials said.

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