October 13, 2014
by Int’l News Daily
(wtfrly.com) A worker at the hospital treating Thomas Duncan, the first US Ebola patient, has contracted the virus, despite following full CDC precautions” and has been isolated. This news comes as the virus’ spread has accelerated and deaths topped 4,000.
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“This is not news that should bring about panic,” said Dallas county judge Clay Jenkins.
But Dan Varga, the chief clinical officer for Texas Health Resources, said officials were “very concerned” that the worker had apparently contracted the virus despite following safety protocol.
“This individual was following full CDC precautions,” he said, noting that the gear would have included a mask, gown, and gloves.
The head of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Thomas Frieden, admitted the safety protocols had somehow been breached.
Frieden told CBS’s “Face the Nation” “clearly there was a breach in protocol” and expressed concern officials didn’t know it.
The full statement from the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Texas Patient Tests Positive for Ebola
A health care worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who provided care for the Ebola patient hospitalized there has tested positive for Ebola in a preliminary test at the state public health laboratory in Austin. Confirmatory testing will be conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
The health care worker reported a low grade fever Friday night and was isolated and referred for testing. The preliminary ?test result was received late Saturday.