Dallas Official: Second Ebola Case ‘Obviously Bad News’ but ‘No Reason To Panic’

‘This health-care worker had been under the self-monitoring regimen recommended by the CDC’

DASCHLE (voice-over): "A second person in the U.S. has now tested positive for the Ebola virus. Texas health officials' preliminary results were positive for a health care worker who provided hospital care for Thomas Eric Duncan, the Ebola patient who died last week. If the diagnosis is confirmed, it would be the first known case of the disease being contracted or transmitted in the United States."

JENKINS: "While this is obviously bad news, it is not news that should bring about panic."

DASCHLE (voice-over): "A statement posted on the Texas Department of State Health Services web site said confirmatory testing will be conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Official said the health care worker reported a low grade fever Friday night and was isolated and referred for testing."

VARGA: "This health care worker had been under the self-monitoring regiment prescribed by the CDC and based on involvement in caring for the patient Thomas Eric Duncan during his care that started on September 28. Individuals who are being monitored are required to take their temperatures twice daily and as a result of that process, the care-giver notified hospital o imminent arrival and was immediately admitted to the hospital's isolation room."

 

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