Second Dallas Health Care Worker Comes Down With Ebola – Flew Frontier Airlines (Video)
A second health worker was diagnosed with the Ebola virus in Dallas, Texas Wednesday.
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings told CNN Tuesday that he is concerned about the growing number of people being monitored for Ebola in the city.
“I’m concerned… We have our contingency plans in place and we are ready to jump into action if that’s the case. God willing, it’s not… We’ve got to look at our health care system, not only in Dallas, but throughout the nation to know what is the right thing to do.”
Seventy-six people are still being monitored in Dallas.
The second Dallas victim was one of 77 who took care of Thomas Eric Duncan from Liberia.
A second health care worker at a Dallas hospital who provided care for the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S. has tested positive for the disease, the Texas Department of State Health Services said Wednesday.
The worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital was monitoring herself for symptoms of Ebola, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said. The unidentified woman reported a fever Tuesday. She was in isolation within 90 minutes, Jenkins said.
Health officials said the worker was among those who took care of Thomas Eric Duncan, who was diagnosed with Ebola after coming to the U.S. from Liberia. Duncan died Oct. 8.
The department said a preliminary Ebola test was conducted late Tuesday at a state public health laboratory in Austin, Texas, and came back positive during the night. Confirmatory testing was being conducted at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
Officials said the health care worker was interviewed to quickly identify any contacts or potential exposures. It said others who had interactions with the worker or possible exposure to the virus will be monitored.
UPDATE: The latest Ebola patient flew on Frontier Airlines a day before her diagnosis.