Hold on to your hats, folks, but for the first time ever, a U.S. citizen has contracted Ebola from within the United States, and it happened of all places, in the very hospital where Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan recently died from the rampant, lethal virus, according to multiple media sources out of Texas.
Even worse, the “confirmed” case of an infected Dallas health care worker could have led to still another U.S. Ebola case, according to CNN:
A ‘close contact’ of the health care worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas who preliminarily tested positive for Ebola has been ‘proactively’ placed in isolation, Texas Health Resources chief clinical officer Dan Varga said Sunday.
More in-depth testing is currently being conducted at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to determine if the “preliminary” diagnosis in the health care worker is accurate and, in fact, shows signs consistent with Ebola, according to the Dallas Morning News.
So far, details about the infected worker have been withheld, including such vital information as when, where and how the victim came into contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, who died only last Wednesday in Dallas at the very same hospital in which the possibly infected health care worker is employed. Duncan was the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S.
What is known so far is that the infected worker allegedly came into contact with Duncan during his second visit to the hospital at the time he was being admitted for treatment. It is also reported that the infected worker was wearing protective gear at the time.
Commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services Dr. David Lakey said in a Statement Sunday morning regarding Ebola in the U.S.:
We knew a second case could be a reality, and we’ve been preparing for this possibility.
We are broadening our team in Dallas and working with extreme diligence to prevent further spread.
That may prove to be little comfort to citizens of Dallas, of Texas, or perhaps of the United States, as numerous health care professionals and volunteers on the front lines caring for Ebola patients outside the U.S. have contracted the virus despite precautions.
CNN has also reported:
Three countries — Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia — have been hardest hit. And many of those who care for the ill have also come down with the disease.
The World Health Organization estimates at least 416 health care workers have contracted Ebola, and at least 233 have died.
As a result of this most recent Ebola news, fear is spreading throughout the country and across Twitter, like a virus of its own:
Dallas doctor: New Ebola patient was ‘following full CDC precautions…gown, glove, mask, and shield.’ Still contracted virus.
— Byron York (@ByronYork) October 12, 2014
The infection of an American health care worker in an American hospital ought to puncture the pose of certainty about how Ebola spreads.
— Brandt (@UrbanAchievr) October 12, 2014
Did the infected TX health care worker treat other patients after Duncan? http://t.co/BVNHaQ6fY3
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) October 12, 2014
H/T: Western Journalism
(Photo of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital courtesy of NBC News)