It is easy to say that one person didn’t follow instructions and broke protocol. Now that we have a second healthcare worker who has come down with Ebola, we have to look at the system. Were the healthcare workers given additional training prior to caring for Thomas Eric Duncan? Was the protective clothing adequate?
From Dallas Morning News:
A second health care worker has tested positive for the Ebola virus, according to preliminary lab results released early Wednesday.
The health care worker, like nurse Nina Pham, took care of Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who became the nation’s first person diagnosed with the deadly virus.
The Texas Department of State Health Services confirmed the positive results.
Dallas police have announced that they have set up a staging area near Skillman Street and Village Bend Drive, and officers and Dallas-Fire Rescue personnel were distributing fliers to residents of an apartment complex to alert them about the latest Ebola case.
The worker reported a fever Tuesday and was immediately isolated at the hospital, health department spokeswoman Carrie Williams said in a written statement.
“Health officials have interviewed the latest patient to quickly identify any contacts or potential exposures, and those people will be monitored,” she said. “The type of monitoring depends on the nature of their interactions and the potential they were exposed to the virus.”