Another Ebola case confirmed in Texas
Officials have confirmed that a second health care worker has tested positive for Ebola at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Both health care workers who have tested positive had treated Thomas Duncan, a Liberian who died of Ebola in the hospital last week.
The first hospital worker, nurse Nina Pham, remains in isolation in "good" condition, according to the hospital
While the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has cited breaches in treatment protocol as the cause for the Ebola transmissions, nurses at the Dallas hospital responded that they have received insufficient training and equipment to deal with the deadly virus.
To reduce risk of transmission of Ebola, it is critical for health care workers to avoid direct contact with sick patients and their bodily fluids. They are advised to wear protective gear over their eyes and all parts of the body. Clothing and clinical waste needs to be incinerated and any medical equipment must be completely decontaminated. People recovering from Ebola are also told to abstain from sex or use condoms for three months.
According to the World Health Organization, there have been 8,914 confirmed Ebola cases with 4,447 deaths.