Health care worker tests positive for Ebola at Texas hospital

A Texan health worker who treated Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan before he died is also infected with the virus, according to a preliminary test.

The worker, whose name was not given, wore full protective gear when treating Duncan on his second visit to a Dallas hospital, an official told reporters.

The new patient has been placed in an isolation ward and is said to be in a stable condition.

The worker reported a low-grade fever on Friday night and was isolated and referred for testing, officials said. Preliminary test results were received late on Saturday.

A car belonging to the infected health worker has been decontaminated, officials say.

If confirmed, this is the first known transmission of Ebola on US soil.

The current Ebola outbreak, concentrated in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, has resulted in more than 8,300 confirmed and suspected cases, and at least 4,033 deaths. (BBC)

25 Responses to Health care worker tests positive for Ebola at Texas hospital

  1. Jo-Anne Husbands
    Jo-Anne Husbands October 12, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Not a surprise. Was only a matter of time.

  2. Cheryl A Rollins
    Cheryl A Rollins October 12, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Hope the Ministry of Health are as prepared as they say they are! Time to start protecting our seaport and airport with Health care officials and importing the correct drugs and protective scrubs to treat said virus. You do have these things in place do you?

  3. Glenn Damon Clarke
    Glenn Damon Clarke October 12, 2014 at 10:18 am

    And the thing is, she was in protective gear the entire time she took care of him…what went wrong?

  4. Neysa Huey
    Neysa Huey October 12, 2014 at 10:30 am

    In protective gear you can transfer the virus to door knobs etc. Also when taking off the gear you have to make sure not to touch the outside of it. There is a lot more to it than just wearing a suit. That is what is so scary about where our government wants to put the suspected cases here. Can garbage blow to neighbouring properties? What about when they hose down areas? Where will that drain?

  5. Jane Brathwaite
    Jane Brathwaite October 12, 2014 at 10:31 am

    God help us all dont care how much protective gear this thing deadly check the vidios coming out of africa wake up people see what it realy is im scared after watching all those thing and every one should be scared to its horrid

  6. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner October 12, 2014 at 10:44 am

    The news about Ebola just keeps getting worse so stupid politicians and so call experts stop telling us the public not to worry everything under control because its not.Also folks this is one of the biggest hospitals in USA so imagine a small hospital.

  7. Jane Brathwaite
    Jane Brathwaite October 12, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Shut down air and sea ports that may see harsh but we will survive let no one or no item in Thats the only way to keep it out but no the government will lose money that was so thats a no no

  8. Andrew Charles
    Andrew Charles October 12, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Seems like everyone has to stay home.

  9. Addison Cortlandt
    Addison Cortlandt October 12, 2014 at 11:18 am

    They BROUGHT it to the US, what did they think would happen?? I hope the means to an end is gonna be worth it when all is said and done. Smh…

  10. NathAn Salcedo
    NathAn Salcedo October 12, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Don’t worry when it reaches Barbados commenting on a online blog will help

  11. NathAn Salcedo
    NathAn Salcedo October 12, 2014 at 11:36 am

    We got a chukungunya outbreak here as it is.. And private docs and public health care overwhelm… Better hope nuh rich tourist with ebola come say ello =)

  12. Krystal Alexis
    Krystal Alexis October 12, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Lol…start of the great tribulation! Bout time too…this world needs healing

  13. Beverley Hunte-Springer
    Beverley Hunte-Springer October 12, 2014 at 11:50 am

    The centre has to be somewhere so it is hell if you do & hell if you don’t, so a decision had to be made – put it somewhere & that is that.

  14. Emma St.John
    Emma St.John October 12, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    So both confirmed cases outside of Africa have lead to other infections among medical practitioners. I love it. MOH see you on Thursday

  15. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes October 12, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    The people who got it came in contact with people who were in Africa. First ban flights coming from ground zero. Check passports carefully just in case they cane an around the way route or have travel to and from ground zero within a particular time frame.

  16. Princess Tiny Neferua
    Princess Tiny Neferua October 12, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    I just waiting to see if this person gets the treatment and survive…

  17. Felicia Marshall
    Felicia Marshall October 12, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Me too Princess Tiny Neferua it wasn’t available for Mr Duncan, I too shall wait and see

  18. Alan October 12, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    there is much we still do not know, if it is in fact so easy to catch and spread, then why would barbados build a house to care for ebola patients right next to innocent children….. In the middle of a busy area, why aren’t Bajans demanding that this not be allowed? The convent and St.Gabriels children will be at risk… Also How can Barbados and consider bringing 90 Nigerians to our shores in light of this deadly crisis, we have nothing against the students, but now is NOT the time!!!! We are more vulnerable then Dallas Texas, how can we take that sort of chance?
    I honestly believe that the health officials here feel that Ebola won’t reach Barbados…… Wake up, our season is about to begin, and most definitely if they allow travelers from west Africa in, then it’s a a sure thing! Brace your selves

  19. MvpSound Int
    MvpSound Int'l October 12, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    It spreads too easily..PREPARE

  20. Sylvia Mayers
    Sylvia Mayers October 12, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Shocking and horrified! I am praying he will survived this deadly virus.

  21. Allan B Love
    Allan B Love October 12, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    I hope it doesn’t come to Bim …just one case can done the island …lets start taking the necessary precautions …

  22. Ingrid Kinch
    Ingrid Kinch October 12, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    Lord help us

  23. Poetry Dancer
    Poetry Dancer October 12, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    They will find a cure for that person.


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