In a statement on Sunday, the Texas Department of State Health Services said that a health care worker at a Dallas hospital tested positive for Ebola. They haven’t identified the name of the health care worker yet, but it is someone who provided care for Thomas Eric Duncan, who was the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. Duncan died from Ebola last week.
A statement posted on the Texas Department of State Health Service’s website said “confirmatory testing will be conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.”
What is so puzzling and so alarming about this Ebola case is that the health care worker wore protective gear when they provided care to Duncan during his second visit to the hospital. The media is in a frenzy and people are scared about the potential spread of Ebola.
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said the Dallas Fire Department’s rescue hazmat team has decontaminated any open areas of the health care worker’s apartment complex.
According to the mayor, “Police are standing by to make sure no one enters that apartment complex”.