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Second Texas Hospital Worker Catches Ebola

Posted 10/15/2014 8:00 am by
Ground zero for America's ebola outbreak.

Ground zero for America’s ebola outbreak.

Just when you thought it was safe to go to the hospital in Texas, think again.  After the announcement that a nurse contracted the ebola virus–blamed on improper equipment use–another case of ebola has hit the very same hospital, straining government promises that ebola is a difficult-to-catch disease.  A second health care worker at Dallas’s Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital has tested positive for the ebola virus.  If doctors, nurses, and other trained professionals catch ebola despite wearing gloves and masks and presumably taking other precautions, why wouldn’t some toilet-cleaning janitor also be at risk of catching the disease?  Or, in this case, people in the emergency room sitting right next to the sweating, bleeding, disease carrier?

Up to 70 people had exposure to Duncan before his death, and according to employees at the facility, they weren’t exactly taking precautions with Duncan or his extremely hazardous bodily waste and samples.  They used pneumatic tubes to transport his ebola-riddled bits and pieces, and given that a second health worker has been discovered to have the disease, it’s probably not related to improper training and poor equipment like Centers for Disease Control  and Texas Department of State Health Services officials said caused the case of Nina Pham, the first person to catch ebola in the United States.  Apparently Duncan sat around in the emergency room for hours, coughing and spraying ebola everywhere, so there’s no telling how many people might end up catching the untreatable, incurable disease.

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