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”.
The current Ebola death toll stands at 3,338 Ebola related deaths.
Since the first case of Ebola was confirmed in the United States Americans have been in a frenzy to find out as much information about Ebola as possible. People are wondering why the Dallas Ebola patient, Thomas Eric Duncan, was allowed to enter the United States. Well, according to Liberian officials, it’s because he lied on his exiting documents. He said he had not come into contact with anyone with Ebola.
Whether the Dallas Ebola patient lied or not is still in question. Apparently, he helped a pregnant women get into a taxi and it turned out that she was an Ebola victim. He probably did not know she had Ebola. Regardless, Liberian officials are planning to prosecute the man when he returns to his homeland. Liberian Airport Authority Chairman Binyah Kesselly told reporters, “He will be prosecuted.” He continued to say that people like Thomas Eric Duncan and Patrick Sawyer have brought a stigma upon Liberians who live abroad.
In other Ebola news, a man thought to have died from Ebola woke up after the burial team had wrapped him up for burial. According to angry people in the area, they don’t send help for Ebola victims until they die. They said the man had waited for weeks to get help and then when it appeared he had died the burial team showed up within an hour. Then nearly lifeless man moved his arm and once they realized he was alive they took him in for help. The previously angry mob cheered for the man for finally getting help.