CDC confirms Dallas nurse contracted Ebola after treating Thomas Eric Duncan

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DALLAS — A nurse who helped care for Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan has tested positive for the disease.

According to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, the nurse treated Duncan during his second visit and had “close contact” with him. As protocol,  the nurse wore protective gear, including gloves, mask, gown and shield while treating Duncan. He  died Wednesday, Oct. 8.

CNN reports the nurse reported a low fever Friday night and was immediately placed in isolation. She later tested positive for Ebola. The Center for Disease Control confirmed the results late Sunday afternoon.

“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 Sunday morning.

The BBC reports Texas officials have “decontaminated” the apartment block where the nurse lived, and a pet found inside the apartment is being monitored. The CDC said a “close contact” of the nurse has also been identified and is being monitored.

More than 8,000 people have contracted the disease in West Africa. The CDC reports than more than 4,000 have died.

Ebola can only be contracted through contact with bodily fluids of an infected person, including blood, sweat, saliva, feces, semen and soiled clothing or bedding.

 

 

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