Now it is getting interesting… A Dallas health care worker here who helped treat the Liberian man who died last week of the Ebola virus has tested positive for the disease in a preliminary test. The worker came into contact with Mr. Duncan during his second visit to the Presbyterian Hospital emergency room (September 28). The person was said to be wearing protective gear following full C.D.C. precautions at the time (the hospital did not disclose what that was nor did that share if the person violated any protocols).
The worker was not among the people whom public health workers had identified as being at high risk of exposure to Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person to die of Ebola in the United States. The worker had been self-monitoring for signs of the disease and had not come to work for the last two days. The person’s checks included checking for fever twice daily.
The health care worker reported a low grade fever Friday night and was isolated and referred for testing. Officials interviewed the worker and were identifying any contacts or potential exposures. The patient had followed the hospital’s self-monitoring plan of checking their temperature twice a day. About 90 minutes after reporting the low-grade fever, the patient was in isolation.