The death of Thomas Eric Duncan unfortunately hasn’t ridden the country of Ebola.
A Texas health care worker who had treated Duncan complained of a low-grade fever on Friday night and was isolated. Shortly after, he tested positive for the lethal virus in a preliminary test. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas has yet to release the name of the employee.
“We knew a second case could be a reality, and we’ve been preparing for this possibility,” Dr. David Lakey, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services, said in a statement to CNN on Sunday morning. “We are broadening our team in Dallas and working with extreme diligence to prevent further spread.”
Duncan died at the very same hospital just 11 days after his “experimental treatments” had begun. His family has went on record to say he would still be living had he been a white man.
The unnamed patient will soon travel to Atlanta for a confirmation test. David Sanders, associate professor of biological sciences at Purdue University, tells CNN the results will surely end in bad news.
“It sounds likely that it’s positive, and it’s going to stay positive,” he said.
If so, the man will make history as being the recipient of the first known transmission of Ebola in the United States.
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