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2nd Ebola case diagnosed in Texas; CDC says there was a protocol breach

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Dallas nurse contracts Ebola from man who died

DALLAS (AP) - Health officials are intensifying the monitoring of hospital workers who cared for the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. after one of them was infected with the virus despite wearing protective gear.

The first known Ebola transmission in the U.S. has raised questions about health officials' assurances that the disease will be contained and any American hospital should be able to treat it.

Dr. Tom Frieden, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Sunday there was a breach of protocol that led the worker to become infected while treating Thomas Eric Duncan. But officials are not sure what went wrong.

Duncan, who traveled from Liberia to visit family, did not get sick until he arrived in the U.S. He died Wednesday.

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Obama gets update on latest Ebola developments

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has gotten an update about the latest developments on Ebola from his health secretary and his assistant for homeland security.

The White House says Obama has asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to move as quickly as possible in investigating the apparent breach of infection control procedures at the Texas hospital that had treated a Liberian man with the virus.

Obama also is having federal authorities take more steps to make sure hospitals and health care providers are ready to follow the proper procedures in dealing with an Ebola patient.

CDC: Protocol breach in treating Ebola patient

WASHINGTON (AP) - A top federal health official says a health worker diagnosed with Ebola has been unable to identify a breach in procedures that might have led to her infection.

Dr. Tom Frieden, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says the Texas hospital worker had extensive contact with Thomas Eric Duncan before Duncan died Wednesday from Ebola.

Frieden says the worker has a low level of virus and is being monitored.

He says the diagnosis of the worker - who's not identified - clearly shows that there was a breach of protocol.

Among the things CDC will investigate is removal of protective gear, because removing gear incorrectly can lead to a contamination.

The investigation will look at dialysis and intubation - procedures with the potential for spreading infectious material.

State health officials say 2nd Ebola case in Texas

DALLAS (AP) - Health officials say a health care worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who provided care for the Ebola patient hospitalized there has tested positive for Ebola in a preliminary test.
    
A statement posted on the Texas Department of State Health Service's website Sunday says "confirmatory testing will be conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta."
    
Officials say the health care worker reported a low grade fever Friday night and was isolated and referred for testing. Preliminary test results were received late Saturday.
    
Dr. David Lakey, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services, says officials have "been preparing for this possibility."
    
Health officials have interviewed the patient and are identifying any contacts or potential exposures.
    
Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S., died Wednesday in Dallas.


CDC says there was a clear breach of safety protocol in Texas

WASHINGTON (AP) - A top federal health official says the Ebola diagnosis in a health care worker who treated Thomas Eric Duncan at a Texas hospital shows there was a clear breach of safety protocol.

Dr. Tom Frieden, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says the worker had treated Duncan multiple times after the Liberian man was diagnosed.

Frieden tells CBS' "Face the Nation" that all those who treated Duncan are now considered to be potentially exposed. Frieden couldn't give an exact number.

Health care workers treating Duncan were to follow CDC protocol that included wearing protective gear.

Among the things CDC will investigate is how the workers took off that gear - because removing it incorrectly can lead to a contamination.

Duncan died of the disease last Wednesday.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)




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