2nd Texas Healthcare Worker Tests Positive for Ebola
Local health officials say more cases among Texas Health Presbyterian’s workers could develop.
Another worker who helped treat Thomas Eric Duncan who died of Ebola has tested positive for the virus.
The unidentified female reported having a fever on Tuesday and was then isolated at the hospital.
This is the second worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital to contract the disease, reports ABC News. Local health officials say more cases among Texas Health Presbyterian’s workers could develop. As a result, authorities are tracking 75 people who treated Duncan.
The other patient, 26-year-old Nina Pham, who is a nurse who also treated Duncan, has had her condition upgraded to “good.”
Nurses who treated Duncan have complained about the hospital’s Ebola protocols and procedures, and say they worked without proper protective gear. On Sunday, National Nurses United called for all hospitals to have in place the highest standard of optimal protections, including Hazmat suits, and hands-on training to protect all RNs and other hospital personnel to confront Ebola.
“There is no standard short of optimal in protective equipment and hands-on-training that is acceptable,” said RoseAnn DeMoro, executive director of the organization.