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Monday, 13 October 2014

Texas nurse becomes first person infected with Ebola on US soil after treating Thomas Eric Duncan - as 'breach in protocol' is blamed for infection despite her wearing full protective suit

  • The nurse from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital reported fever on Friday but was NOT a part of the original 'high-risk' group
  • The healthcare worker wore a gown, gloves, mask and shield while treating U.S. 'patient zero' Thomas Duncan 
  • A team of 19 epidemiologists are on the ground in Dallas speaking to everyone within a 4-block radius of the victim's apartment
  • A second person who had 'close contact' with the nurse has 'proactively' been placed in isolation
  • Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital has stopped receiving emergency patients and will divert them elsewhere
  • All those who treated Duncan are now considered to be potentially exposed because of a potential 'breach in protocol' in the removal of protective gear
  • The CDC is closely monitoring 48 healthcare workers known to have potentially been exposed and searching for additional contacts 

A female nurse in Texas who treated America's Ebola 'patient zero' has become the second person in the country to test positive for the deadly virus.
The nurse from the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital reported a fever on Friday night and was immediately placed in isolation as the emergency room was locked down.
Area officials admitted at a Sunday press conference the nurse was not a part of the original high risk pool identified after Thomas Eric Duncan's diagnosis in September and was, in fact, wearing protective gloves, gown and mask while treating Mr Duncan.
culled from daily mail.co

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