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Ebola: Despite ‘Full CDC Precautions,’ Hospital Worker Infected
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Federal, state, and hospital health officials are under pressure to find out why and how a Texas healthcare worker who was part of the care team for Thomas Eric Duncan, the Ebola patient who died at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas last week, has tested positive for the deadly virus despite wearing CDC-recommended protective gear.

Dan Varga, MD, chief clinical officer for Arlington, Texas-based Texas Health Resources, said at a news conference Sunday that the healthcare worker, an unidentified female nurse, was considered low-risk, but had been self-monitoring for Ebola symptoms by checking for a temperature twice daily.

The nurse noted a fever on Friday night, called the hospital, and was in isolation from other patients within 90-minutes. A second person who was in close contact with her is also in isolation, according to Varga.