A second nurse who treated Dallas Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan has been diagnosed with the deadly Ebola virus.
“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,” said the CDC in a statement on Wednesday.
Nurses’ unions are not surprised that another health care worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital has contracted Ebola. A union rep listed a comedy of errors that occurred at Texas Health — beginning with Duncan being sent home from the hospital with a 103-degree fever on his initial visit on Sept. 25.
A nurses’ union rep told CNN that nurses were not adequately equipped or trained to care for an Ebola patient. She said there was no strict infection control protocol in place to treat patients with Ebola.
And most shocking: she said nurses who treated Duncan were also treating other patients — even patients who had low grade fevers which made them more susceptible to infections!
A total of 76 health care workers came into contact with Duncan, who died on Oct. 8. All are being monitored for signs of Ebola.