First to contract Ebola in US: CDC confirms Texas health care worker’s diagnosis

A member of the CG Environmental HazMat team disinfects the entrance to the residence of a health worker at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who has contracted Ebola in Dallas, Texas, October 12, 2014. (Reuters/Jaime R. Carrero)

A Texas health care worker who treated the first state’s Ebola patient, has been tested positive for the virus, officials said blaming a breach in of treatment protocols for the new case.

A health care worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who provided care for the Ebola patient hospitalized there has tested positive for Ebola in a preliminary test at the state public health laboratory in Austin,said a statement from Texas Department of State Health Services.

According to the state’s health services, the woman had “a low grade fever Friday night and was isolated and referred for testing.”The Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital worker has tested positive for Ebola in a preliminary exam later confirmed by the CDC.

“Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed test results reported late last night by the Texas Department of State Health Services’ public health laboratory showing that a healthcare worker at Texas Presbyterian Hospital is positive for Ebola,” the CDC said in a statement released on Sunday afternoon.

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