Health

Second Texas Healthcare Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

| by Alex Groberman

Another healthcare worker who helped treat Thomas Eric Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital has tested positive for Ebola. This marks the second transmission of Ebola in the United States, just days after nurse Tina Pham also tested positive for the disease.  

Carrie Williams, a Texas Department of State Health Services spokeswoman, made the announcement early Wednesday.

According to Williams, an initial preliminary test was performed on the worker in question late Tuesday. A second confirmatory test will be done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"Health officials have interviewed the latest patient to quickly identify any contacts or potential exposures, and those people will be monitored," the health department said. "The type of monitoring depends on the nature of their interactions and the potential they were exposed to the virus."

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On Tuesday night, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital issued a statement saying, "Patient and employee safety is our greatest priority and we take compliance very seriously."

Earlier in the day, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that there could be up to 10,000 new Ebola cases per week in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone by the end of this year as the disease continues to spreads around the world.

Sources: CNN, CBS News