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Monday, 13 October 2014

#EbolaOutBreak: Medic Who Cared For Ebola Man in Texas Test Positive to The Deadly Virus

A health worker at the hospital in Texas treating the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the US has tested positive for the deadly virus, raising new worries about the spread of the disease beyond West Africa.

The worker, believed to be a woman, at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital had been wearing protective gear during treatment of the patient, Thomas Eric Duncan, who died last week.
The woman reported a low-grade fever on Friday night and was isolated and referred for testing.
The worker is the first person in the US to test positive for Ebola who has not been to West Africa, where an outbreak has killed more than 4,000 people, mostly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.
Mr Duncan who took Ebola to the US died in an isolation ward last Wednesday, 11 days after being admitted, with more than 50 people attending to his care. His body had been cremated.
None of the 10 people who had close contact with him or 38 people who had contact with that group have shown any symptoms. Texas officials did not identify the health worker.
Liberia is the country worst affected by the virus with 2,316 victims, followed by 930 in Sierra Leone, 778 in Guinea, eight in Nigeria and one in the US. Some 4,033 people are known to have died in seven countries.
Ebola is spread through contact with bodily fluids of an affected person or contamination from objects such as needles. People are not contagious before symptoms such as fever develop.

Culled from; HeraldNews

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