*Uh oh. There’s a very strong possibility that a second person in Texans has contracted the Ebola virus, according to published reports.
CNN is reporting that a healthcare worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital has tested positive for the deadly virus after a preliminary test, the state’s health agency said.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta has begun confirmatory testing.
The employee helped care for Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person ever diagnosed with Ebola in the United States. Duncan died on Wednesday.
“We knew a second case could be a reality, and we’ve been preparing for this possibility,” Dr. David Lakey, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services, said in a statement Sunday morning.
“We are broadening our team in Dallas and working with extreme diligence to prevent further spread.”
If confirmed by the CDC, the healthcare worker’s case would mark the second diagnosis of Ebola ever in the United States.
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