And the spread begins. I hope they contain this ebola virus fast; real fast.
A second female healthcare worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital has tested positive for Ebola today.
The worker was one of 76 medical staff who cared for Thomas Eric Duncan in Dallas, the first person to die from the virus on U.S. soil.
The unnamed member of staff reported to Texas Presbyterian with a fever on Tuesday and was immediately isolated at the hospital.
The preliminary Ebola test was run late on Tuesday at the state public health laboratory in Austin, and results were received at about midnight.
Health officials have interviewed her to identify any contacts or potential exposures and have said that those people will be monitored.
The woman lived alone and had no pets.
Decontamination was underway this morning at the patient’s Dallas apartment as emergency responders surrounded the building and workers in hazmat suits were seen entering the home.
Dallas Fire and Rescue went to 6000 block of Village Bend Drive on Wednesday as cleaning of the apartment took place and also the patient’s car.
Residents at the apartment complex were handed flyers informing them about the spread of the disease.
Police distributed a single page to the hundreds of families living in the Green on the Village apartment complex in the west of the city.
A police mobile command unit was set up in a parking lot while police went door to door with the leaflets.
The information sheet, which listed facts about Ebola, was an attempt to quell fears among residents about the deadly virus.