Breach of protocol is the cause for Nurse’s positive Ebola diagnosis

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By Yolanda Spivey

News outlets are stating that a breach of protocol resulted in the positive Ebola diagnosis for a female health care worker in Dallas, TX.

The worker, whose identity is unknown at the present time, was in direct contact with Thomas Earl Duncan, the first Ebola patient in the United States.  She was one of the nurses that treated him.

Dr. Tom Frieden, CDC Director, stated, “It is deeply concerning that this infection occurred.”

He confirmed that after extensive interviews with the health care worker, a breach happened but they do not know exactly when.

The health care worker, who is in stable condition at press time, has been isolated at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital since admitting herself on Friday.  She was suffering from a low grade fever and after a few test, it appeared that she was in fact infected with the Ebola virus.  She now stands as the first Ebola case contracted on U.S. soil.

“We knew a second case could be a reality, and we’ve been preparing for this possibility,” Dr. David Lakey, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services, said in a statement.

Officials have now put the apartment complex where the positive nurse lives, under the “decontamination” process.  A crew of hazmat workers immediately cleaned the interior of her apartment, and health officials have distributed leaflets about the virus to her neighbors.

The unidentified nurse had a pet and it too is being monitored for any signs of the Ebola virus.

Dr. Frieden further suspects that the number of people infected is likely to climb.  He stated, “We are figuring out what that new number is. It is possible that we will see more Ebola cases.”

He is suggesting that all hospitals around the country prepare to care for additional Ebola cases that may arise.

“Diagnosis needs to be done anywhere,” Dr. Frieden said. “And then what is the safest way to provide care, that is what we will be looking at.”

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