A second Dallas healthcare worker has tested positive for Ebola in a preliminary test, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced early Wednesday.
The announcement came after preliminary tests by the Texas Department of State Health Services' laboratory, the CDC said.
“The patient was isolated after an initial report of a fever and remains so now. Confirmation testing at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's laboratory is being done. The health care worker was being monitored for fever and symptoms,” the CDC said.
“An additional health care worker testing positive for Ebola is a serious concern, and the CDC has already taken active steps to minimize the risk to health care workers and the patient,” the CDC said.
The second patient also works at Texas Presbyterian Hospital, where Thomas Eric Duncan, the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States, died from Ebola recently. A nurse who treated Duncan also contracted Ebola and was termed in good condition Tuesday by Texas Health Presbyterian.