Texas health officials have confirmed that another healthcare worker involved in the treatment of Tom Duncan, has tested positive for the Ebola Virus. It has not yet known what position the female worker held at the facility. The first confirmed case was Nina Pham, a nurse who was also involved in the treatment of Duncan who died from the virus on October 8th.
The 2nd healthcare worker monitored herself and within 90 minutes of reporting a fever, she was placed into isolation. Apparently, she lived alone and did not have any pets. It is also not yet known how many people she may have been in contact with since the time that she first came in contact with Tom Duncan. This incident may come as a blow to the theory that Nina Pham improperly removed her protective gear which most likely caused her to contract the virus.
RoseAnn DeMoro the executive director of the National Nurses United, a union with 185,000 members, made the claim that, “They [the nurses] are not prepared,” for what they are asked to do. In a statement from the group, they claimed that Duncan was left in an open area of the emergency room for hours. They also made the claim that the nurses were told to use medical tape to secure the openings in their flimsy garments while treating Duncan who had severe diarrhea and projectile vomiting. DeMoro’s statements are based off of interviews from some of the nurses involved in the care and DeMoro claims that these nurses were also well vetted. The nurses also stated that the hospitals specimen delivery system may be contaminated as Duncan’s lab samples were allowed to pass through the facilities pneumatic tubes and that the hazardous waste was left piled up to the ceiling.
UPDATE 9:48 a.m. PST: The family of the 2nd victim confirmed with the Ebola Virus says that the health worker is Amber Vison, who is also a nurse. It is also being reported that she flew from Cleveland to Dallas on Frontier Airlines on October 13th, the day before her symptoms were reported. The CDC is asking that all 132 passengers that flew on Frontier Airlines Flight 1143 from Cleveland to Dallas/ Fort Worth, to call 1 800-CDC INFO (1 800 232-4636).