Texas health care worker tests positive for Ebola

TEXAS -- 

A second person in the U.S. has been diagnosed with Ebola virus.

Health officials said a health care worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital has tested positive for the disease in a preliminary test at the state public health laboratory in Austin. Confirmatory testing will be conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, according to state officials.

Dr. David Varga, of the Texas Health Resource, said during a news conference early Sunday that the worker wore a gown, gloves, mask and shield while they provided care to the now-deceased Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan during his second visit to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. Duncan was the first person to be diagnosed with the virus in the United States.

Varga did not identify the worker and says the family of the worker has "requested total privacy."

If the preliminary diagnosis is confirmed, it would be the first known case of the disease being contracted or transmitted in the U.S.

Dr. Tom Frieden, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the diagnosis shows there was a clear breach of safety protocol and all those who treated Thomas Eric Duncan are now considered potentially exposed.


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